The ones you don’t see

Something dead approaches. In its hollowed-out insides, there is an event horizon that swallows light, sound, and all knowing. Why do we find missing items, where we already looked, only after we’ve accused our loved ones? Is there a silhouette on the other side of the shower curtain? We can’t leap out of the shower at every imagined sight. What hides behind that acceptance? Ignore the writing on the fogged mirror. Why are we running, in the streets, from a feeling? This is silly. Cold hands pull us down. We scream. No one helps. They just walk by. What in the Twilight Zone fuck is going on?

They are the Shadows. It is difficult to know where they are standing right now and harder still to know where they’ve been. Decaying pages and sandstone glyphs nervously mutter hints. They are the magician, with the pop-up-show at the black box theatre, the adult bookshop clerk working the graveyard shift, the P.I. whose clients don’t question how they get impossible results. They are the disquieting silence that devoured its own name.

The Mekhet are watching you sleep. No, really, they are. They find your breathing quite beautiful, and the way you turn over to the other side when some fierce dream grips you. One might live in your house, an unseen roommate. Wonder why you’re tired in the morning? Midnight snack. Wonder how your wife found out about the girl from coffee shop? The Mekhet dropped a little hint.

But we know ourselves by the way that others know us, and The Mekhet become something less by hiding. Their identities lose context. And what about knowing everyone’s secrets? That means knowing some very bad things. It can be distinctly unpleasant to see what people are like beneath their masks; and for the Mekhet, there are no masks. More than any other clan, the Mekhet know there are things weirder than vampires out there. Ignorance was bliss.

Mekhet are:

  • Shadowy
  • Curious
  • Aloof
  • Secretive
  • Comfortable outside the spotlight

Mekhet are not:

  • Silent
  • Unafraid
  • Disengaged
  • Unwilling to share information
  • Shy

Clan Disciplines: Auspex, Celerity, Obfuscate

(Text on this page taken from Vampire: the Requiem 2nd edition.)