Lahmian Sisterhood

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The Lahmian Sisterhood was a cabal of vampires under the rule of Neferata, former queen of Lahmia.

World-That-Was

In the years following the fall of Lahmia, Neferata surrounded herself with a group of vampiric servants who, despite being vicious and savage warriors and competent necromancers, showed their true strengths in the areas of seduction, infiltration, intelligence gathering and manipulation. Their time in Mourkain allowed them to hone these skills to supernatural levels and by the time the vampire queen took the mountain fortress of the Silver Pinnacle from the Dwarfs and made it her own, these vampires and becomes true masters of their arts.

Having long ago decided that directly ruling the lands of the living was impossible for the dead, Neferata instead decided that ruling from the shadows and being the power behind the throne was even better. She took the most beautiful, seductive, intelligent and manipulative of her servants and sent this sisterhood out across the lands of men, inserting them into every facet of society. From Imperial generals to Bretonnian Grail Knights, from Kislevite Boyars to Arabyan Caliphs, behind almost every man of power stood a pale and beautiful wife, courtesan, mistress or other significant figure.

Neferata had learnt that one did not have to be a ruler to rule. Instead her web gave her influence unparalleled and for centuries she became the secret queen of an unseen empire.

Notables

  • Neferata; the first vampire, queen of lost Lahmia, Queen of Mysteries, ruler of the Silver Pinnacle.
  • Naaima; former Cathayan concubine, first and most loyal of Neferata's sisterhood.[1]
  • Anmar bin Muntasir; Arabayan princess, sister to Kahled al Muntasir.[1]
  • Kahled al Muntasir, Prince of Bel Aliad.[1]
  • Rasha bin Wasim; member of nomadic Arabyan desert tribe.[1]
  • Lupa Stregga; Tilean slave gifted by the Dark Elf corsair Megara, lover of Vorag Bloodytooth.[1]
  • Layla; Strigori noblewoman [1]
  • Iona; Slave girl from Sartosa [1]
  • Imentet, High Mistress of Neferata's Handmaidens [5]
  • The Pallid Sisters of Kislev[5]
  • Lycindia the Cruel
  • Duchess of Malstonia
  • Heterneb of Lahmia
  • Giselle of Marienburg
  • Bellatash of Tilea
  • Nitocris; Serpant Queen of the Southland jungles

Mortal Realms

Neferata still maintains her sisterhood across new worlds and realms, although these are also known as darkmaiden broods.

Notable

  • Adhema: A last daughter of Szandor, a kingdom in the western part of the Realm of Shyish,one of many noble orphans Neferata sent to be trained by The Blood Dragon.[4]
  • Aylessa: Consort of the Blood Queen and blood sister of Cyssandra and Yessanna, from her vast barge-keep she ruled over the Nightlands and the River of Souls Was hastening to aid Neferata when her lands were invaded by the Ironjawz Megaboss Dakkbad Grotkicker.
  • Kemsit, Appearing as the "merest wisp of a youth, she attended Neferata on hunts into the Cobweb Forest, served as shield bearer in her wars against Chaos and as a spy. She was slain by Lord Harkdron, her heart replaced with a sigmarite hammer to try and prevent resurection. [3]
  • Naaima[4]

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Notes

  • Very few of Neferata's descendants turn males into vampires though it does happen from time to time, such as Neferata's traitorous childe Kahled al Muntasir or Genevieve's own sire Chandagnac.
  • In previous versions of the game the 'Lahmians' were a bloodline, which is to say rather than just being a group ruled by Neferata the Lahmians were all and every descendant of hers. In the modern version is is possible to include vampires who are descendants of Neferata who are not directly part of the Sisterhood (such as Genevieve Dieudonné) and even on very rare occasions for vampire not directly of Neferata's blood to at least work closely to the Sisterhood (such as Ulrika Magdova).

Quotes

We are tools, Neferata. You call us sisters, but we are but pieces on your game-board. You collect us and hoard us, and sometimes you spend us. Sometimes you spend us for ambition. Other times, it is for spite.

And we love you for it, because we cannot help but to do so. You unmake us as easily as Nagash's crown threatened to unmake you, and remake us in your image.

~ Naaima to Neferata on the Sisterhood.[1]

Sources

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