Regarding Caitiff and Court

Caitiff

Catiff are the lowest rung of the food chain in Kindred society. Their blood too thin to carry the marks of a clan they are ignored at best, and slaughtered at worst. The caitiff in Manchester are of particular interest. They were not slaughtered as dictated by the Justicars during the nights of turmoil, and Prince Cato has given them a strict but fair hand in allowing their continued survival in his city.

In general caitiff  seen as pawns, albeit pawns of limited use, and they are sometimes considered disposable. It is relatively common for neonates and ancilla to maintain a rapport with them , though it is rare for an elder to acknowledge their existence without good reason.They may be granted boons, and owe boons as other Kindred, although owing a boon to a caitiff is seen by some (read: elders) as a act of weakness, while caitiff view boons owed to them as treasures to be valued, a way to improve their station in the court.

In a city with limited numbers of Kindred, and the threat of the Sabbat looming over them, the caitiff of Manchester have the most opportunity to gain favor with the Prince, taking on dangerous tasks to earn status in the court. One such example is our Keeper of Elysium, Quinn Whelan, a catiff who earned respect and his place in court, by thwarting a lupine plot, some say by fighting them on their own terms. Some scoff at this story but Prince Cato awarded him respect and status for his deeds, and many young caitiff could learn from his story.

The Court of Manchester

Prince Cato rarely holds open court, preferring instead to have the Primogen meet with him to address concerns. When open court is called it is usually held in the Palace Theater, its use arraigned for them by Clan Toreador, and the building has been declared Elysium because of this, and the Keeper ensures no weapons are brought into the theater, and that guests remain civil.

The Prince and Primogen sit before the assembled Kindred, with elders being allowed to sit in the front rows closet to the stage, behind them sit the officers of the court (Sheriff, Harpy, Keeper, and sometimes Primogen’s Whips). The next rows are delegated to the ancilla who often make up the bulk of the population. The back rows are allowed for the neonates and caitiff, who are sometimes lumped together for this purpose.

The primogen and court may freely bring up points for discussion while ancilla must petition an elder or primogen, who will (at his discretion) sponsor them to speak, or if appropriate speak on their behalf. Neonates must barter with ancilla, who may bring their concerns in turn to the elders. Caitiff are not typically given a voice, though they often seek out ancilla or neonates, who may be sympathetic to their cause. It is very common for many boons to be traded back and forth, before a meeting, as kindred use what leverage they can to ensure their voice is heard.

All those other than the primogen and prince, who wish to petition the court, must log their intent with the Seneshal, who presides over the assembled masses and keeps things moving in an orderly fashion. When discussion is required each primogen may speak in turn, calling on members of his clan to bring up points as needed. Discussion is to be brief and to the point, excessive bickering is not tolerated.

When a vote is called for the prince will call on the primogen one by one, which each giving their vote in turn. It is expected that the primogen are voting with their clan’s best interests in mind or to uphold the traditions. Primogen who vote against their clan rarely remain in their position for long. The Prince has some power to veto their decisions, but rarely uses it, lest the primogen decide they need a new prince.

When all matters are settled (or talked about to futility) the Kindred depart, and the meeting concluded.

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