As a warrior of the First Crusade, Roger de Camden developed the three traits which would define him for the remainder of his existence; a flair for organization, a fascination with causing and studying death, and a baffled determination to comprehend God's inscrutable purpose for permitting evil to run rampant through the world
His experiences in the Holy Land left him warped and twisted. He returned to his family estate haunted by the memory of those he had killed, the expressions in their eyes and faces as the lives left their bodies. He began experimenting on random peasants siezed on (usually spurious) charges of poaching, trying to force them into near-death experiences so that they could tell him what lay beyond the veil. All he achieved, needless to say, were a large number of innocent deaths
His sire, however, was impressed with the painstaking and meticulous way in which Roger conducted and documented his experiments, and concluded that his combination of wealth, power, intellectual rigour and necromantic interests woulld make him a perfect addition to the Cappadocian clan.
His appeal to Mithras was as a former soldier and accomplished organizer who lacked an interest in wielding temporal power. The Prince cared not a whit for Roger's experiments, but he was willing to act as the Cappadocian's sponsor provided that de Camden was willing to use his formidable administrative gifts to serve the fief of London. Roger de Camden accepted immediately and gladly
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The master of the lazar-house of St. Giles, Adam is the de facto leader of a small group of Nosferatu followers of the Road of Heaven, who spend their unlives ministering to real Lepers, mortal victis of the terrible disease.
5' 6" tall, but well muscled and sturdy, Adam normally wears the black robes of a Benedictine monk, although when he is working, he tends to adopt stained and workmanlike brown leathers. His face would be quite handsome if it were not for the deathlike Capadocian pallor, accentuated by his light fair hair.
Adam was given to a Benedictine monastery as a babe by a family which could not afford to feed him. This practice, called child oblation, was fairly common in the middle ages. In the monastery, at least, the children had enough to eat, and a good education.
There was nothing unhappy about his childhood; he was not mistreated or abused. He was a pious and devoted monk, with whom no-one had any real quarrel. He was simply morose, withdrawn, and somewhat morbid. He did, however, show considerable skill and understanding with herbs, and was informally "apprenticed" to the monastery's herbalist. He learned a great deal about curing the body and easing pain, but was also taught grimmer duties, such as the methods of laying out a corpse for burial.
One such corpse, a nobleman who'd been killed in a hunting accident and not found for several weeks, was brought to the monastery covered in fungus. Far from being repulsed, Adam was fascinated. He took samples of the strange growths in the man's flesh, and began experimenting with cultivating them. Over the next few months, he studies their effects on animal corpses as well as their pattern of grown within soil. Finally, he started to research their possible uses as poultices or ingredients in potions, using himself as a test subject.
Unbeknownst to Adam, the monastery held a monarchus, a Cappadocian vampire, hidden amongst the monks. This scholar was so impressed with the meticulous thoroughness of Adam's scholarship that he rewarded the young monk with the Embrace.
But his sire desired an intellectual companion; he had little interest in matters of the spirit or soul, and his new childe's "obsession" with such things became a point of contention between them. Their monastery, moreover, was insufficiently large to support two vampires, so his sire sent the childe to allies in London, to be trained in the doctrines of the Road of Heaven
Adam is a tireless experimenter and skilled doctor, with a great knowledge of anatomy thanks to his studies of corpses. Although many of his unguents and potion, made of fungi grown from decomposing corpses, smell and taste hideous, they are undoubtedly effective. Adam may, in fact, have stumbled onto an analogue of penicillin. He has also deduced that maggots, eaters of only dead and infected flesh, may be used to clean wounds and remove necrotic tissue.
Adam is known and widely liked by many of the common people of London. In an age of corrupt and worldly priests, his genuine piety and simple lifestyle strike a chord with many. Many a family owes the survival (or at least the health), of one of its members to Adam's remedies. Not surprisingly, the Gangrel Chalice of Mercia is a close ally and mentor of the young Cappadocian, who she sees as embodying many of her own ideals.
For all his kindness and holiness, however, Adam is still a Cappadocian, and the morbid nature of the clan has had its effect on him. His "garden", deep in the crypts of St. Giles, is a hideous place, where rows of decomposing corpses lay side-by-side on stone biers, with different varieties of exotic fungi growing in the rotting flesh. But all his horrible work on the bodies of the dead is designed with one purpose in mind - to aid the living.
When the Giovanni make their move, Ranulf Fitz Rufus uses his magic to allow Lord Raguel to "diablerize" Adam in such a way that their two souls will remain entwined in eternal co-existence. Though his body crumbles to dust, Adam's spirit continues to live on.