Daughters Of Cacophony

Nickname: Sirens
Clan Disciplines: Fortitude, Melpominee, Presence

As far as the Kindred are concerned, the Daughters of Cacophony are a modern blood-line, coming into being only within the last few centuries. Many vampires believe this curious bloodline to be the product of mystical unions between Toreador and Malkavians, but little in the bloodline's obscure history indicates that it is anything other than an anomaly, or perhaps the result of a particularly gifted Caitiff.

Whatever their origin, the Daughters of Cacophony are singers extraordinaire, possessed of supernaturally magnificent (or terrifying) voices. Their voices, however, are known for something other than their mystical allure. Through singing, a Daughter of Cacophony may fracture the minds of those who hear her. Darker tales tell of Daughters who can shatter objects – and individuals – with their voices as a mortal singer shatters a glass.

Few Kindred in the Old World have heard much about the Daughters of Cacophony and even fewer have had the opportunity to meet one. The bloodline's presence seems to be largely in the New World, and of little influence.

The Daughters of Cacophony are often considered inconsequential by those Kindred with whom they share domain. Whether it is because the bloodline largely avoids the nightly perils of the Jyhad, or because it is not typically martially or politically inclined, Camarilla and Sabbat alike tend to ignore the Daughters. In their complacency, however, they have ignored much that has occurred in the modern nights of the bloodline. Whereas the bloodline once admitted male members, it has recently culled them from its ranks for reasons unknown. Additionally, a few Kindred have reported that the Daughters' powers seems to be increasing – their mysterious songs may be tuned to wreak greater havoc than before, and their blood appears more potent. When confronted with these rumors, the Daughters simply nod and smile, singing as if they hadn't a care.

Naturally, the Daughters are silent as to their greater agenda, if indeed any exists at all. They prefer to while away their nights in song, offering their musical interludes to each other and small, intimate collectives of those who follow their undead careers knowingly or otherwise. They tend to associate with Toreador, Ventrue and Malkavian Kindred, all of whom seem to be able to appreciate the unnatural beauty of their songs, and sometimes become entangled in the machinations of these Kindred.

Daughters of Cacophony, when they can be bothered with issues so peripheral to their interests, sometimes fall in with whichever sect exerts the greatest influence in their immediate surroundings. They seem to abide by the Masquerade, but whether or not they actually care is not obvious – it may be that they see no need to expose themselves for what they are to the mortals around them. More than one account has circulated, however, of Daughters of Cacophony spending nights with elders of both sects and the independents and leaving them maddened after a particularly rousing concert.

Sect

As a bloodline, the Daughters of Cacophony care little for politics, and have no "official" affiliation but can be found in both the Camarilla or the Sabbat. Most Daughters find Sabbat cities brutal and uncomfortable, though, and typically establish residence in Camarilla cities or locales in which they are the only vampires present.

Appearance

The Daughters of Cacophony vary widely in appearance, from rail-thin waifs to rotund opera divas. Members of the bloodline affect clothes and manners that befit their musical niche; the Daughters have their share of leather-clad punk-band front women, satin dressed piano ingénues and everything in between.
Haven

The Daughters make havens wherever suits their tastes, which may be derelict warehouses, high-rise condominium developments or even the opera houses in which they perform. They typically hide their havens from other Kindred, relying on isolation to protect them.
Background

The bloodline Embraces only those females who possess alluring or noteworthy voices. These individuals need not be singers or musicians in life, though most were. Daughters of Cacophony come from all strata of society, chosen for their singing ability above any other concerns (except gender, of course).
Character Creation

Daughters of Cacophony often have entertainer or performer concepts. Nature and Demeanor may be anything, but most often reflect a predilection for the limelight. Most favor Social Attributes, and cultivate Expression and Performance Abilities. Daughters almost always possess some degree of Fame, and a Heard of admirers commonly surrounds a given siren.

Weakness

The Daughters of Cacophony, upon their Embrace, become almost trapped by the music that circulates through their souls. Like the Toreador, who become entranced by beauty they observe, the Daughters of Cacophony often loose themselves in the melodic strains that only they can hear. Some Kindred postulate that all Daughters hear the same ephemeral tunes, but the Daughters themselves have offered no insight. The difficulties of Perception rolls are increased by one for Daughters of Cacophony, and no Daughter may ever have an Awareness Trait above three, as she is continually distracted by her inner music.
Organization

The Daughters have no formal organization – their numbers are so few and far between that any given location is unlikely to be home for more than one or two of them (if any). When Daughters do congregate for whatever reason, the younger members of the bloodline often defer to the older ones. Some Kindred have been witness to small assemblies of Daughters who perform songs of haunting beauty or frightening timbre that leave their audiences… moved. It has been noted by observant Kindred more than once that even in the most impromptu performances, all Daughters present seem to know exactly what will be sung in addition to all the verses…