Baali

History of Clan Baali


Demon worshippers, serial killers, diabolists, and traitors — the Baali are all these things and more. The Baali represent the darkest side of the kindred and provide a mirror which reflects our darkest desires. They live a life of fear, forever hiding from vampiric society, pretending to conform, just as many of us do every day of our own lives.

A Brief History of the Baali


A knowledge of the Clan's early history was gained by Baali using the Dark Thaumaturgical path of Secret Knowledge. It may have been deeply corrupted, or indeed be truly falsified, by the infernal powers for their own reasons.

Origins


The Baali believe that the Clan arose in the mythical first city. Their sire, Baal, was one of the third generation, and was the younger brother of Saulot in both the mortal and vampiric sense. Both brothers were scholars, and maintained a highly competitive relationship. Each sought to show up the other and win the favor of Caine. Each delved into great mysteries, communed with ancient spirits, and sought the council of moonbeasts. One night Saulot came to Baal with a plan to contact the infernal powers. Baal initially resisted, but finally the lure of knowledge swayed him and he collaborated with Saulot in a series of rituals. Saulot however had betrayed him, the next night when Baal began the ritual, Saulot arrived with Caine and the Second and Third Generations. Caine was horrified by these dealings and before Baal could raise a word in his own defense Caine, father of all kindred, slew him . Caine cursed all of Baals' offspring (for he had sired in order to gather information from around the world) to forever live in fear of the one above's true sign, creating the clan's weakness.

Mesopotamia

When the Third Generation came together after the flood, the children of Baal were not among them. Instead they founded cities in what was to become Mesopotamia, flourishing with the passing years and gaining great strength from the infernal powers. When the Second City fell, the cities of the Baali still thrived, but several centuries later, a coalition of clans attempted to destroy the Baali, each for their own reason. The Cappadocians (forerunners of the Giovanni) led the assault, hoping to gain the dark knowledge of death and the afterworlds that the Baali possessed. They were supported by the Followers of Set who sought to expand their own powers of corruption, the Brujah (True Brujah?) who sought, for their histories, the ancient records of the cities, and the Tzimisce whose goals remain unknown. The Salubri did not participate, Saulot apparently having had a change of heart after his brother's destruction (he had apparently only expected a punishment of banishment).

The battles raged for decades, with the vastly outnumbered Baali losing ground with each year. Just before the final assault, the Baali decided to win the war in the only way they were able: from within. They put in place the mechanism for the great dispersal whereby the surviving members of the clan would infiltrate the other clans from within and slowly corrupt them. They also swore undying revenge against the five clans (including the Salubri) that had attempted to destroy them. When the allied clans attacked the next evening they found only a few newly embraced kindred and a handful of ghouls. They declared the war over, the Baali destroyed and their dark knowledge forever lost. The Baali were stricken from the vampiric histories and in a few centuries forgotten.

The Ancient World

The first taste of revenge on the Baali's lips was the destruction of the Brujah city of Carthage by the Ventrue led coalition of Clans. Much of the 'evidence' the Ventrue used to prove Carthaginian demon worship was fabricated by the Baali (for who else had a better knowledge of demonic practices?) With Carthage's destruction the Brujah degenerated into the fractious rebels that they are today. The Baali had gained there first success.

The Middle Ages

The Baali gained a fair portion of the revenge they sought during the Middle Ages. By now firmly entrenched in all the Clans (and some other organizations), the Baali began a series of great schemes which were to have incredibly far-reaching results. They ultimately culminated in the formation of the Giovanni (and the consequent destruction of the Cappadocians), the rise of the Tremere (which both hurt the Tzimisce and resulted in the destruction of Saulot and most of his offspring), and the Anarch revolt which was not started by the Baali but which was certainly helped along by them (and which destroyed virtually all of the Old Clan Tzimisce and hurt almost all of the other clans). The formation of the Sabbat gave the Baali a fertile ground from which to corrupt, and the clan truly flourished.

The Age of Reason

Wherever the other Clans went so to did the Baali; they spread into the New World with the great vampiric sects. During this period they created several minor incidents but did not instigate any sweeping changes. They did, however, found the Path of Evil Revelations (see: Players and Storytellers handbook to the Sabbat) which has since become one of the central precepts of Baali 'morality'.

The Modern Age

In the modern era the Baali continue to infiltrate and corrupt the other clans, playing the role of devil's advocate with great skill. None outside the Clan know the full extent of their power, and few are even aware of their existence. They remain the expression of ultimate evil in the kindred, while possessing a measure of the power that could stave off Gehenna.

Around the World

Almost anywhere you can find a group of kindred you find a Baali. They are, however, more active in some areas than others.

North America

The Baali have infiltrated American kindred society to a greater degree than any other; they hold places of power and authority in the Camarilla, Sabbat, Anarchs, and even Inconnu, and are thought to make up almost 10 percent of the kindred of this continent.

South and Central America

Sabbat run Mexico has a large number of Baali, but most of the rest of the area only has a few of the Dark Clan. They have found it hard to infiltrate the scattered and untrusting kindred of the South, and prefer to concentrate on the more populated North.

Europe

The Baali account for around 5 percent of Europe's kindred. They find it harder to infiltrate the more established areas, but some ancient members of the clan have long established identities on the continent, thus providing the Clan with an entry point into the close knit society of the European Damned.

Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independant States

The current turmoil in the eastern states caught the Baali as much by surprise as the Brujah council, and many clan members met with similar fates under the claws of Baba Yaga. Many clan members are being sent to the area to try and make a truce with the night hag, but none, so far, have been successful.

Africa

The Baali are strong in the far north and south of the dark continent, although they struggle to maintain a foothold in the so called dark heart of Africa.

The Middle East

The Clans' former homeland holds very few members of the Baali. Some infiltrators within the Assamites make this area their home, and there are persistent rumors amongst the clan hold that an elder sleeps in torpor under the ruins of Megido (Armagedon).

Asia

Less than one percent of Asia's kindred are Baali; the Clan has had some success in the island states (Japan, Taiwan, and the Phillipines) but has largely failed to infiltrate the Asian kindred of the mainland.

Australia

With around ten percent of the continent's kindred being Baali, Australia is infiltrated to the same degree as North America. The clan has met some resent problems with spirits, and has lost most of its influence with the Black Spiral Dancers however, and is currently trying to regroup.

Views on Others

Mortals: Pawns and nothing more. Corrupt, kill, or aid them as you see fit — they are of know value.

The Inquisition: A reminder of the danger mortals can pose. They would surely destroy us if they knew of out existence.

The Camarilla: It is easy enough to corrupt these petty kindred. They lack real cohesion. Many are still manipulated by the third generation, and for that reason they must be destroyed.

The Sabbat: Evil is strong in these children. We have fostered it over the years. Of all the Sects, theirs is most under our control, even the Regent knowingly follows our commands.

The Inconnu: These elders have long memories. They still remember us, and hate us. We will defeat them, eventually, but now is not the time.

Black Hand: They do our work for us. By following the Aralu, they walk the same road as we do.

Giovanni: This clan is a testament to ourselves. We created them and in the process destroyed Capadocius and his wretched childe. By their very nature they serve the darkness.

Setites: Fools in the dark. They have not yet grasped the power of Hades. Still, in time they will serve us well.

Daughters of Cacophony: The Baali know more about this bloodlines origin than any other group. The reason for this is quite simple — the Daughters are not (regardless of what anyone believes) a bloodline of the [[Toreador]] or [[Malkavian]] Clans. They are, in truth, a Bloodline of the Baali. The fact that other kindred have not realized this shows the current lack of knowledge about the Baali. (Note: most Daughters of Cacophony are unaware of this heritage; and hence are no more corrupt than the other clans.)

Dark Culture


The Baali are the darkest of the kindred. They serve the darkest powers in existence and strive to create a world of corruption, ruled directly by the great infernal Demon Lords. They are not, however, senseless killers. Rather they are the gentle corrupter who tempts mankind. They are the serpent in the garden, the dark voice in us all, whose tool is temptation. The Baali maintain a great masquerade, greater than that of all other clans. They survive only by hiding amongst their enemies, slowly manipulating others to do their will.

The Baali value this charade greatly, for it literally is the only thing that keeps them alive. They carefully maintain false identities, secret havens, cover stories, and hidden contacts. They are part of kindred society while forever being debarred from it. They can never drop their guard lest they be found out. They cannot trust those who trust them, nor can they even rely on others of their kind. Amongst the Baali it is survival of the fittest; and the weaklings do not survive long.

Playing the Innocent

Baali carefully create identities beyond suspician. They play the role of Caregiver, Loyalist, Traditionalist, and Mediator. Only those who infiltrate the darkest groups (such as the Minions of Set, or Black Spiral Dancers) allow even a fraction of their dark soul to show. They nurture friendships with kindred and kine alike, often going out of their way to help others. They commit selfless deeds, shy away from brutality, and advocate peace, but all with the goal of eventual corruption. They pursue the most far-sighted of plans, and are meticulous plotters. The effectiveness of this strategy is shown by the conspicuous absence of their greatest enemies, the Salubri.

Organization

Since the Great Dispersal, the Baali have held a very open structure. They are organized into Orders which fall into two main catagories: the Loyalist Orders and the Infiltrator Orders. The Loyalist Orders bind the Baali in corruption, each revelling in one dark power/emotion. They are the basic structure of Baali society. The Infiltrator orders were established to aid clan members in their masquerade amongst the other Clans.

The Loyalist Orders


All Baali are members of one and only one of the loyalist orders.

The Pleasurists

These Baali corrupt through pleasure. They are masters of the Dark Thaumaturgical path of Pleasure and are allied with Lucricia the Succubus (see Storytellers Handbook to the Sabbat) or Empress Aliara, the Maeljin Incarna of Desire (see Book of the Wyrm) whom the Baali see as aspects of the same dark being. This is the most popular of the loyalist orders.

The Seekers

Those Baali who seek Dark Knowledge above all else are members of this order. They are masters of the Dark Thaumaturgical path of Secret Knowledge. They are allied with Grantel the Mandragora (see Storytellers Handbook to the Sabbat) or, less commonly, with Mahsstrac, the Urge Wyrm of Power (see Book of the Wyrm). This is the second most popular Loyalty Order, and the most ancient.

The Terrorists

Baali who revel in fear are most often members of this order. They are masters of the dark Thaumaturgical path of Phobos. They are allied with Hakaken, the Bane-Totem of Fear (see Book of the Wyrm)

The Bringers of Pain

The Order for torturers, the members of this dark order are all skilled in the Dark Thaumaturgical path of Torture. Their dark allies are Lady Aife, the Maeljin Incarna of Pain (see Book of the Wyrm) and Tivilio, the Injurer of Cats (see Storytellers Handbook to the Sabbat). Many elder members of the clan see this order as a bit juvenile as it seldom manages to corrupt the innocent.

The Bearers of Pestilence

These Baali delight in the spreading of disease. They are allied with Thurifuge, Maeljin Incarna of plagues; Collum, Lord of Sludge; and Lady Yul, Mistress of Toxins (all see Book of the Wyrm). This order has been instrumental in the rising disunity and paranoia within the Sabbat.

The Harbingers of Decay

Baali masters of the Hands of Decay. These Baali revere Knight Entropy, the Maeljin Incarna of decay (see Book of the Wyrm) although they have never managed to fully ally with it.

Bearers of the Inferno

The smallest of the Loyalty Orders, these Baali are masters of the Fires of the Inferno. They have no specific ally although they have been attempting to make contact with Kerne, the Maeljin of Hellfire (see Book of the Wyrm).

The Summoners

Specializing in the Path of Summoning (see Book of Madness for Mage), these Baali are few and far between. Their powers are amongst the most indirect of all the orders. Although they can call on great power through their contact with Banes, Wraiths, and Demons, they are not allied to any specific individuals.

The Corrupters

Whilst corruption is the heart of Baali life, this is a small and powerless group within the clan. This is largely due to the fact that its members specialize in the Path of Corruption, which is both a Path of Thaumaturgy and Dark Thaumaturgy.

Infiltrator Orders


As well as being members of the loyalist orders, most Baali are also members of an Infiltrator Order which helps them blend in with those around them. Most orders have several sub-orders based on the political separation of the clan/group in question.

Assamite Order

The Baali had tried for years to gain a toe hold amongst the assassins. They finally managed it during the Anarch revolt and now maintain a small but strong presence in the clan. The only sub-order is that of the Assamite antitribu.

Brujah Order

Set up to allow members to gain power within the rebel clan, they revel in corrupting the rebels and fostering friction between Brujah and other clans.

The main sub-orders are; Brujah antitribu and Anarchs.

Gangrel Order

Not the most popular of clans for infiltration, the Gangrel still offer a wide variety of possibilities. Members of this order often go on to be members of the shapechanger orders. Sub-Orders include; City Gangrel antitribu, Country Gangrel antitribu, and Ahrimane.

Giovanni Order

One of the great monuments to the Baali was the Giovanni destruction of the Capadocians. They have maintained a small presence amongst the Giovanni ever since. This is the smallest and most closed of the Baali Infiltrator Orders, and most members are elders.

Lasombra Order

One of the hardest clans to infiltrate due to their weakness, the Baali have nonetheless been able to riddle the Lasombra with infiltrators. They are currently debating whether or not to set up a Lasombra antitribu sub-order.

Malkavian Order

One of the smallest infiltration orders, the Malkavians have proven difficult to infiltrate, but the rewards are great for those who do manage it. The only known Sub-Order is the Malkavian antitribu.

Nagaraja Order

One of the oldest of the infiltrator orders, the Nagaraja order is a perfect example of just how far the Baali have seeped into kindred power structures. This order (together with the True Brujah and Old Tzimisce Sub-Orders) have gained moderate power within the true Black Hand, although they are far from controlling that body.

Nosferatu Order

Members of this order have all had their appearance altered by Vicissitude or the Path of Corruption. The Nosferatu's clannishness has proven a great boon to the Baali as has their love of information. Sub-Orders are Nosferatu antitribu, and Gargoyle.

Pander Order

The newest order, this group has been set up to gain control of this new Sabbat "clan." A Caitiff sub-order exists, although most Caitiff infiltrators do not bother to join.

Ravnos Order

The trickster clan is the most popular independent clan amongst infiltrators although a great percentage of members are part of the Ravnos antitribu sub-order.

Setite Order

The minions of Set are not a popular infiltration target. There is no challenge, and Serpentis is a difficult power to mask. The recently instigated Serpents of Light sub-order is proving a more popular group.

Toreador Order

One of the more popular orders amongst the Baali, it delights in perversion of all types. Some of the greatest elders of the Baali control this order. The only real sub-order is that of the Toreador antitribu.

Tremere Order

The Baali are partially responsible for the rise of the Tremere and it is rumored that the head of this order is one of the circle of seven. Only the Tremere antitribu have a sub-order.

Tzimisce Order

Most Baali see the score with the Tzimisce settled but some still carry a grudge, and these make up the majority of this order. They spend most of the time trying to find out the true fate of Tzimisce himself (they do not believe the official stories of his final death). There is an Old Clan Tzimisce sub-order, although there are currently only a handful of members at any one time.

Ventrue Order

Legendary manipulators, the Ventrue present a tempting challenge to the Baali, especially as this clan controls so much power. Very few members of the order belong to the Ventrue antitribu sub-order due to its lack of temporal power.

Banned Order


Inner Light

This order is outlawed and reviled by the Baali. Its followers believe in the use of dark powers for the greater good. They hide amongst the other Baali, professing alliegence to the Loyalty and Infiltration Orders whilst secretly trying to convert their kin. Virtually none of its members hold much power among the Baali as the great dark powers are supremely corrupting; still they maintain enough power to survive under the noses of their dark kin. This order had an hand (albeit hidden) in the creation of the Daughters of Cacophony.

Playing the Baali


The Nature of Darkness

Pure, unremitting evil is rare, and so are the Baali. They are not by any means stupid. They tempt others to let their dark side free. To just give in; after all it's so much easier. Baali players should be rare; they exist to try to corrupt kindred and kine alike to the dark powers without ever revealing their true identities. By playing a Baali we vent these dark desires, and thank every good power we know that such beings do not really exist. By looking at our own dark sides we can better ward against those of others, and become more aware of the danger of "just giving in." It is suggested that most player character Baali be followers of the Inner Light, the small seed of hope in the heart of darkness.

Baali Endowments

The Baali have a greater connection to the powers of darkness than any other kindred and this is reflected by several unique Disciplines, Merits, Flaws, and Rituals.

Semi-Disciplines

Because of the structure of the Baali, different clan members have affinity with different disciplines which help them in their masquerade. All clan members have Obfuscate, Presence, and Daimoinon as their clan disciplines. In addition, all members also have two semi-clan disciplines. Semi-Disciplines are easier to learn than non-clan disciplines but harder to learn than clan disciplines (6 x current level). All Baali have Dark Thaumaturgy (see Storytellers Handbook to the Sabbat) as one of these Semi-Disciplines, with the primary path determined by membership in one of the loyalty orders. Each Baali also possesses a second semi-discipline which is determined by membership in the Infiltrator Orders. (Note: The Tzimisce Order does not treat Vicissitude as a semi-clan discipline, rather it is treated as a disease as described in the Storytellers Handbook to the Sabbat.)

Changing Infiltrator Orders (and hence Semi-Disciplines)

To change Semi-Disciplines a Baali must pay experience points to convert the old Semi-Discipline into a non-clan discipline and then purchase the first level in the new Semi-Discipline (if not already possessed). The experience cost is the quantity of experience points saved by the semi-discipline above and beyond what would have been saved as a non-clan discipline.

A member of the Ravnos Infiltrator Order with Chimerstry 3 wishes to join the Gangrel order. To convert Chimerstry to a non-clan discipline will cost 3xp (1 for the second level and 2 for the third level). It will cost the Baali a further 10xp to gain the first level of Protean as a Semi-Discipline (on the assumption that the Baali does not already possess Protean) for a total xp cost of 13. Had the Baali possessed Chimersty 5 (and no Protean) the whole thing would have cost 20xp. A large proportion of the Baali change Infiltrator orders at least once during their unlives.

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