Vampires in the Eternal Senate use a corrupted form of the Roman clientela system of patronage. The patron (patronus) maintains a network of clients across clans and Tribunals. The patronus acts as a protector, sponsor, and benefactor to a client. She might support a bid to gain a title in a Tribunal or provide monetary assistance. In return, the client provides services ranging from political support in a coup to guarding a herd of valuable kine. Though Elders are typically patrons, age is not the main factor for whether a vampire is a patronus. A highly active Ancilla may possess greater prestige, wealth or influence than older clientele.
Characters may choose one of three primary patrons during character generation.
|Cornelia Tertia||Ventrue||Patricians||Matriarch of a Cainite gens, bloodline development, diplomacy, engineering, Third City supporter|
|Ectoris||Lasombra||Augurs||High priest of a mystery cult, hunting Infernalists, Path of Night, religious cults|
|Titus Marcius||Nosferatu||Plebeians||Leader of the Triumviri Nocturni, controls Urban Cohorts, gang informants, information broker, Subura slums|