Kassandra Merillene Smythe Age:
392 (Appears late 20's)Race:
Like any Vampire she can cloud the mind of her Prey, implant false memories and send them on their way none the wiser; heal swiftly, and has increased strength and speed. Strong enough to live on her own, she keeps only a few pets in her home, preferring to feed on the transient masses that come through Vegas. She can also make herself unnoticeable; not invisible, just a trick that turns the eyes, making you not realize she is standing there which comes in handy when stalking her prey. As a human she had the Sight, as a Vampire it still comes on her at times, though with much less regularity, and usually only for something that will effect her life in some fashion.Career:
None, Independently wealthyPersonality:
Kassandra is quiet and thoughtful, watchful and wary. She's intelligent and keeps her own counsel unless asked a specific question, and while she won't lie, she has an, almost Fae-like, ability to twist the truth so that what she says, and what you hear, may not be the same thing. She can be kind, but she chooses when to be so and when to be cold, and when to show outright cruelty.
She appears to have almost no temper, but people that cross her have a tendency to have bad things happen to them.Background History:
Born in 1621, Kassandra was the daughter of a Blacksmith whose mother died having her. Having no other children her father had no idea how to raise a girl, and so he raised her more like he would a son, teaching her the more delicate skills of his trade. While he forged swords, axes, and horseshoes, she learned to make daggers and jewelry for their village. As her skill in such small matter grew, so did her reputation and though it seemed to ruin her for marriage, a skilled silver/goldsmith came to see her work and took her as an apprentice despite her sex.
Learning her craft well, she became a skilled artisan and while she didn't earn world renown, she did draw the attention of a Vampire with an eye for both pretty things, and pretty women...and she could provide both. He was careful in his feed on her, making sure he didn't use her too often, in order to not only preserve her usefulness but so that she could continue to learn more of her trade, learn to make greater and more intricate baubles for him to enjoy. Eventually, of course, the inevitable happened and in a fugue he drank to deeply. He'd drunk often enough that her Rising was inevitable, but it ended her learning because it meant they had to move from the Master she was learning from. She was too well known in the town.
She spent decades with her first Master, serving his menagerie until she grew strong enough to strike out on her own, to take, and support, her own pets. Preferring to not have the sort of followers that many had, however, she moved from one large city to another, often feasting on those that none would miss. There were always poor, homeless, transient, people; people whose death on a cold night would go un-remarked entirely and certainly whose death wouldn't be laid at the feet of a talented artisan like herself.
In fact, she liked being able to move as swiftly and with as little notice so well, that she took great care never to have more than two "children" with her at any one time. Keeping her household limited, and improving her skills over time, allowed her to amass a small fortune, under a variety of names, that would, if counted in total, make the richest of men jealous if they were aware of it. Knowing the transient nature, and value, of "money", especially as the electronic age has made actual hard currency less and less common, much of her wealth is in actual hard coin, though she also owns large tracts of land, some with mineral rights that a number of modern corporations have been paying to lease from her "family" for generations.
Now she's come to Vegas, a large city with a hugely
transient population. Her last "child" has struck out on his own and she is free to set herself up and find a new human worthy of being made Vampire...after serving her for a time of course. As always, she will have paid respect, and due homage, to the local Seethe and sought permission to remain in their city, and hunt their grounds, for a time...perhaps a decade or so, before she will move on. She pledges no undying loyalty to anyone, but always shows the proper respect for the powers in any territory she "visits".