House Race: Predominantly Human, though they do not frown upon non-human marriages and as such, many cousins are of mixed heritage.
House Wealth: Vineyards, Crops, Ales and Liqueurs. They own some of England's finest alcohol interests.
Rivals: House Felid, a minor noble house with Alehouses and Alcohol interests. They have been trying to steal, ally or even marry themselves into House Cerebus for generations. The two houses are rarely invited together unless the event is large enough to ensure they need not cross paths.
House Traits: Loyalty, Intelligent, Strength & Predatory Minds.
The House of Cerebus rose during war. Before the war they had been a family of wealth - but not title. Their vineyards had always been known for fine, delicate rose wines. It is said that when war came, they made some pact - trading for power and title to survive the coming war. Demons & Witches are spoken of - but the story is old enough that most will forgive or forget such matters. The House survived the war, having protected their lands well. Men always spent money on drink, so their coin flowed despite the circumstances. Choosing to further their interests, the head of the house invested in more land - taking advantage of the misfortunes of war. They took new crops, producing strong ales and pure liqueurs. Their drinks became well known and respected - which opened the door to society and title. Why their wealth flows so grand that the Lord had all the silverware given to their servants - instead settling for the rarest of crystalware and even taking adamantium cutlery! Even today the practice is upheld - no house of Cerebus holds silverware but instead offers you an array of dazzling alternatives. Why you can even find even platinum pieces in their main London houses! Though many of the house do enjoy the softer tone of silver jewelery, it is expected that none shall be worn within Cerebus land.
Within gentle society, the House of Cerebus is a well liked House - but they are considered the rough diamonds of society. Their men are known for strong emotion and desire. Whilst their women are known for being too brazen, intelligent and yet, fiercely loyal. The whole house has close knit bonds of kinship - which helps cover their rougher scandals and affairs. Well, loyalty and coin at least. Scandal enough wag tongues, but never enough to be shunned from society. Their fine drinks help this belief - for it is known that to be shunned by House Cerebus is to lose favor with all the reputable suppliers of wine and drink throughout London! Unfortunately the House's political power extends little beyond this. But it is enough to ensure they continue to receive invitations to balls and routs amongst the finer houses of Society.
Rumor aside, the House is respected and well liked. Their affairs are usually discreet, though emotions can run high under the moonlight. It's said that any man wishing to marry a daughter of Cerebus need only respect his wife with loyalty to keep her love. They say that so as he brings home his mistresses for her to approval, she will consent happily. Why they even say such affairs end in ménage à trois! Such is the loyalty of the Ladies of House Cerebus!
Perhaps their strangest attribute is the common place birthing of triplets. This is a great pride of the house - with great celebration and their greatest of relatives being summoned to attend such births! It's said to be the great strength of Cerebus's linage! Such children are groomed as if they were the Lord's own children! It is expected for these lucky three to grow into rakes and rogues, bells and beauties - in short, they are expected to be people of note within society one day. And this expectation is well founded - for the triplets always seem to show sharp minds, strong bodies and bright eyes. Their wits, their charms and graces, their physique and dangerous smiles... It's enough to melt hearts and leave men forgotten of their wives!
But these children are also the families weakness. For Lord Cerebus knows above all, that the triplets are those bonded closest to their cursed blood. These children may not manifest their dark natures - but they will embody the creatures they are tied to. For the House of Cerebus is tied to Lycanthropy. Such was the cost of their nobility. Their blood runs thin now - but when the moon is high, all the house suffer heightened emotion - and scandal often arises. And yet, when triplets are born, all in the house know to watch. For these children will be gifted - strong, fast, intelligent - predators and prey alike! They will have the best chance to be noted by the world - and hold the worst secret for they may one day transform into beast or monster... Their desires can run red with vengeance or shatter weak marriages. They can be brutes and bullies - or unstoppable nightmares. Gifted with vitality inhuman, they are to be nurtured and raised most careful. You cannot deny their animistic natures - but you can try to shape those natures into gifts instead of traps. It's said that House Felid once hunted monsters and lycanthropes. And after an attempt to force marriage upon a daughter of Cerebus, the truth was revealed - and a blood feud started. Most know nothing of the truth - but the two houses always bear open animosity toward one another.