Ventrue Laws of Decorum

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Post  Malakiel on Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:52 pm

First and foremost one should be aware that the Ventrue are a clan steeped in tradition, we have lived by these traditions for centuries and will continue to do so. These laws must never be compromised and should they be compromised, one risks his Dignatus, his standing and place within the clan and very possibly his very existence. Without further adieu, I present the Laws of Decorum.

The Laws of Etiquette in Conversation: casual relationship

  • Always address another Kindred by his title, if he has one. If he has multiple titles, address him by his highest Camarilla title, rather than clan title in mixed company. A Ventrue with no title is addressed by his surname (i.e. Mr. Rubin or Ms. Wiess).
  • Shake a man’s hand kiss a woman’s. Women should simply let their hands be kissed by men and kiss fellow women on the right cheek.
  • Defer to your elders in all things. Wait for them to acknowledge you before speaking. Never interrupt another clanmate while he speaks, even if you are his elder.
  • Never take offense when an elder interrupts you, even if it is Rude.
  • Always look into an elder’s eyes when speaking or listening to him. Doing so not only shows interest but trust in that he will not use the gifts of Caine upon you,
  • Personal affairs should remain just that -personal- unless a Kindred opens the discussion himself.
  • Other Kindred are not nearly so interested in your personal achievements as you think they should be. Crowing shows crassness.
  • Do not raise your voice, use explicatives or otherwise debase the discourse. That said, avoid conversation on the modern “Internet.”
  • A Ventrue’s blood preferences are a private matter. One never asks, a good guest should inform for proper hospitality.


The Laws of Etiquette in Business: formal meetings (The Board)

  • The highest ranking Kindred in the meeting presides over it. If two attendees have the same title, the eldest takes precedence. If the eldest defers, do not challenge him in his deference.
  • A younger assistant (usually an Aedile), actually conducts the meeting, listing off points on the agenda, recognizing speakers and otherwise taking care of the minutiae. This arrangement allows the presiding Ventrue to ignore the organizational details and concentrate on the greater issues at hand (or simply sleep through the meeting if he so chooses).
  • The agenda is always set before hand and made available to all attendees. The presiding Ventrue must approve any variations from that agenda.
  • As each matter is brought before the body, the lowest ranking Kindred always speaks first on the matter. Elders or those of equal standing may interrupt the speaker politely to ask question or make comments. Those of lower rank must wait until the speaker finishes and then address any questions, not to the speaker, but to the Ventrue conducting (not presiding over) the meeting.
  • If a Vote is called for, the body votes in the same order as it spoke, from lowest to highest rank. Secret ballots may be cast at the discretion of the presiding Ventrue.
  • When the agenda is complete, attendees can suggest topics for the next meeting for the chair’s consideration.
  • Do not interrupt; do not joke at another’s expense, no shouting and no base language is ever appropriate. Tempers will remain in complete control. Meetings are most solemn and not a venue for levity.


The Laws of Etiquette in Kindred Society: public appearances

  • Ventrue should always dress and comport themselves with the utmost dignity in public, no matter the time of night or situation.
  • One should never disagree with one’s elder in public, especially when lesser Kindred are about.
  • Following that, one should never disagree with one’s equals or juniors in public either. Always show the world a united front.
  • Never speak of clan business to outsiders under any circumstances.
  • Treat other Camarilla Kindred, no matter their clan, with as much respect as you would expect them to treat you. Do not sink to their level, nor allow yourself to be baited into exchanging taunts with rapscallion or anything else so unseemly.


The Laws of Etiquette in the Use of Blood's power

  • Do not enforce your will or charms upon another member of Clan Ventrue unless absolutely necessary.
    If the fellow Ventrue in question is in good standing with his peers it is hard to conceive of a time when it would be absolutely necessary.
  • Eavesdropping upon another’s thoughts, defiling their memories or toying with their emotions are all quite rude, but sometimes necessary if one’s subject is not a Ventrue.
  • Should an elder demand access to your mind and he is within he rights to do so, do not resist.
  • Only a Prince, Justicar, Praetor or Strategos (or Ephor, should one such as you ever meet one) is ever within his rights to demand access to your mind.


The Law of Succor: Assistance

  • Come to a Ventrue’s aid when he asks. This Ethic of Succor is inviolable.
  • Never begrudge or besmirch a clanmate who asks for aid. It is his right and your duty.
  • Never call for aid unless you actually need it. Esteemed Kindred have little tolerance for wasting time.
  • One does not remind another of his previous requests for succor in casual conversation.
  • Remember that you too might be in need of your clan’s assistance one night and act accordingly.


Invoking the Ethic of Succor: It should be known now that this ethic and it’s meanings apply only to our most august clan. In order for one to invoke the Ethic of Succor, and make a request for aid that no Ventrue, by clan law, may refuse, he states one of several phrases, most common is the phrase “I implore your assistance cousin.”

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