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Ordo Dracul Titles
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(Compiled and expanded from original posts here)

Titles among the Defiant are a codified affair, long stemming from the secret societies the Order is based upon, these shadowy groups would use place-holder words to represent members with higher offices, expanded abilities, or other secret knowledges. Intermixing with the Order's academic stylings, eventually a dedicated school of thought for titles was adopted in the Covenant. In this system, Defiant are granted title-words to represent Clan, Covenant Status, Sworn Status, Knowledge of Coils, Offices or Positions, Special Training and even warning phrases.

There are two types of titles within the Defiant - Informal Titles which are used in public without issue, and Formal Titles which are considered Covenant Secrets, and therefore used only within the Covenant itself.  Each specific title-word comes with two forms, a Noun form and a Verb form. These create the base title-word, but can be grammatically modified to change tenses, possessiveness, etc.

One can still change these up grammatically, most commonly into adjective or adverb forms. But it is also not an uncommon practice for egotistic vampires to subvert the intended meanings of titles they don't like. Slaver and Enslaver are common variations for new Defiant with high opinions of themselves, and while such plays on words may assuage the new Dragon in the short term, many Mentors take a particular joy in making life hard for those Kindred who spend more time protecting their ego than doing the work to simply advance along the Mysteries.



Title Construction

There are two main methodologies on the creation of titles.

Spartan Titles are generally simple affairs, used by younger members of the Order who haven't invested in their own title yet, but also by older members who are secure in their own power and competency, or those whose personal reputation is more important than a colorful dragon title. Spartan Titles simply try to express all the needed details as quickly as possible, without much regard for fancifulness. Speed and simplicity is key. The format generally starts with the kindred's name, followed by the title-words arranged in an order to ease recollection.

Homeric Titles are more artistic in nature. The titles are arranged in such a way to evoke a viable sentence, or with ones of sufficient length, a viable story. Additive words such as articles and prepositions are scattered throughout the title. To differentiate, official title-words are always capitalized, with 'prosaic' words kept lower case except when they begin the title. Additional possessive references (such as him and her) may also be added as desired, but one should limit themselves to no more than a single added noun/verb that isn't a title-word. In Homeric Titles the placement of the name doesn't have to come first, and can help break up longer titles into more digestible sections.



Informal Titles

There are only three main aspects to a Dragon's informal title, the one they can use fully in public. Those aspects are Clan, overall Status in the Covenant and progress along the Coils.  At this stage, the status level of the various Oathsworn are lumped together in one list. Only in formal settings are the four factions of the Sworn specifically different, therefore such things are only addressed in Covenant settings. Still, Dragons are trained to look for other clues as to whether or not another publicly met Dragon is Sworn or Unsworn. The Sworn Colors and symbols are often present and can be clues to an individual's true place in the Defiant hierarchy.

Informal Titles most commonly follow these formats:

New Members (Those without Coils.): [Name], [Adjective] [Noun]
Established Members (Status and Coils): [Name], [Noun] of (the) [Adjective] [Noun] or [Name], [Adjective] [Noun] of (the) [Noun]

Example: Ventrue with no Coils
Spartan: Shackled Tyrant or Tyrannical Slave
Homeric: Slave to his Tyranny or The Tyrant in Shackles

Example: Ventrue with Five Coils, Status Four, Unsworn
Spartan: Custodian of Instilled Imposition or Initiated Keeper of Tyranny
Homeric: The Tyrant, Kept and Initiated; The Initiation of her Tyranny, Custodian; Instilling his Tyranny upon the Kept; Kept under Imposition until his Initiation

More than one Dragon has used their title as an insult or compliment to a past mentor or leader. Others wish to reference something in their own lives, a sort of signature or other memorable moment. Others still use it as complete propaganda, hoping to deflect inner weakness or lack of confidence with a verbal mask.


Informal Title Lists

Clan - Noun / Verb
Daeva - Siren / Lure
Gangrel - Fury / Avenge
Mekhet - Shade / Shroud
Nosferatu - Horror / Terrify
Ventrue - Tyrant / Impose
Clans are not considered a point of pride in the Order, and as such the titles for the Clans are not glorified.


Order Status - Noun / Verb
Status One - Servent / Serve
Status Two - Aide / Attend
Status Three - Agent / Act
Status Four - Custodian / Keep
Status Five - Emissary / Devote


Knowledge of Coils - Noun / Verb
No Coils Demonstrated - Slave / Shackle
One Coil Demonstrated - Neophyte / Begin
Two - Supplicant / Surrender
Three - Scribe / Record
Four - Scholar / Argue
Five - Initiate / Instill
Six - Adept / Advance
Seven - Master / Master
Eight - Philosopher / Propose
Nine - Illuminous / Enlighten
Ten - Architect / Create
Eleven - Magister / Define
Twelve - Visionary / Predict
Thirtheen - Harbinger / Precede
Fourteen - Immortal / Ascend
Fifteen - Empyrean / Triumph

Note that there may also be a discrepancy between how many Coils a Dragon has learned, versus how many Coils a Dragon has demonstrated to their Mentors or higher officers. Only tested and demonstrated coils are counted for official titles, though some Dragons have been known to jump in line and claim higher learning anyway. It runs the risk of sanction, but can also be a way to intimidate peers or earn the attention of a desired teacher.

In more secretive domains, the Knowledge of Coils will sometimes be considered a guarded secret as well, and thus will only be utilized as part of a Formal Title when surrounded only by the covenant and its allies. Either way, the format is the same.



Formal Title Lists

Formal Titles - Domain
A Dragon's Domain indicates their specific field of focus for their learning of the Coils. Their chosen Mystery is the primary title-word for their Domain. For Dragons who have learned more than one Mystery, the additional Mystery title-words must modify their primary Mystery. It is considered extremely poor form to split up one's domain title-words. While not strictly forbidden, most Defiant consider it the equivalent of confusing "your" and "you're." This restriction has a practical purpose as well, as unless the Domain is kept together, the order of importance can be lost. Some have proposed coming up with distinctive words for Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Mysteries, but so far the practice has not caught on.

Primary Mystery - Noun / Verb
Ascendant - Fortress / Protect
Wyrm - Fiend / Brutalize
Voivode - Sovereign / Reign
Zirnitra - Mystic / Collect (rare)
Živa - Bride / Absolve (heretical)

For singular Mysteries, only the one [Noun] or [Verb] is used for the Domain, and is worked into the full title.  For two Mysteries, the base style calls for the Secondary coil to be appended to the Primary.  If a Dragon has learned Coils from three or more Mysteries, they may append their Primary title word with Equilibrium (Noun) or Balance (Verb).

Example: Voivode Primary, Ascendant Secondary
Protected Soveriegn
Fortress of Sovereigns

Example: Wyrm Primary, Voivode Secondary
Brutal Reign
Reign of Fiends

Example: Wyrm Primary, Živa Secondary
Fiendish Bride
Absolution of Fiends


Example: Three or more Mysteries
Balanced Fiend
Equalized Fortress
Balancing Sovereign


Formal Titles - Honors
Honors are particular talents that the Defiant find useful across the board. Members with these particular honors are often sought for special assignments or projects. Potential recruits with these capabilities are commonly sought after and add to their mentors' prestige.

Honor - Noun/Verb
Has knowledge of Blood Alchemy such as Spoiling - Hermes / Corrode
Has the capability to see or Interact with Spirts, Ghosts or otherworldy creatures - Chthon / Grieve
Has learned or acquired the Rituals of other Covenants - Prometheus / Regenerate
Is a member of a Bloodline - Olympus / Evolve
Has the capability to perceive dreams or Dreamwalk - Chimera / Slumber
Prophecy and visions of the future - Sibyl / Forecast
Ability to counteract or Nullify Vinculum - Hecuba / Curse
Knows how to enter and navigate another plane of existence, such as Twilight, the Underworld or the Hedge - Hades/Insinuate
Can influence the judgment of the Prince (or any relevant figure of authority) through an affectuous bond (close friendship, romantic affair, or Vinculum) - Erato/Clarify
Has survived to a fight against the Strix - Erebus/Excruciate
Have 2 or more Disciplines at five dots - Lamia/Surround
Is a member from one of the Lost Clans - Icarus/Fall
Has the abilities to poison or twist the effects of her own Vitae - Achlys/Sweeten
Is a Hollow Mekhet - Medusa/Deprive
Has supernatural abilities that allow to detect lies - Themis/Judge


Formal Titles - Local Monikers
It is also semi-common practice for individual Domains or Conclaves to have title-words for specific offices, roles, or rewards. These are generally used when among other Defiant in the same domain. If visitors are present they are often dropped, and are almost always dropped upon visiting other Domains. These Local Titles are given out purely at the whims of the local Defiant government. Note that these don't always have to be positive. A Dragon out of favor with the current Primogen might very well wear an insult.

When the moniker is an official position, such as Twilight Judge, the format precedes the Kindred's name: Twilight Judge Liz Sanders, Kogaion Erik Kalopheros, Provost Simone DeLuca.

If the office carries more universal weight, a position that is generally recognized throughout the Covenant, rather than be dropped when visiting another Domain, it will be appended to the end of the title (of Indianapolis, etc).  Other custom titles follow this format as well, adding to the end of the more universal title-words (The Red Death of Philadelphia, The Harvester of New York, The Favored of Primogen Togatha, The Brass Herald).



Cipher Titles - Hidden Messages

Cipher Titles represent secret key-phrases meant to give warning or information to other Dragons without rousing suspicion among others present. They are folded into normal titles where they can, often in very discordant spots to help the targeted listeners parse out the meanings. Not every Domain uses Cipher Titles, and even among those that do, the specific code-words may change. Particularly paranoid Domains have even been known to change the cipher-words as often as every lunar cycle.

"I am here against my own will." - Terrible
"I am lying or disguised." - Forgotten
"Outsiders are listening." - Subtle
"Enemies are listening." - Invincible
"I need immediate aide." - Esoteric
"We are in immediate danger." - Sterling
"I am favored." - Renewed
"I am to be protected." - Remarkable
"I am about to frenzy or lose control." - Chromatic
"I am being ridden or possessed." - Reflective
"You owe me (or my master) favor or Boon debt." - Inscribed
"My master wants you to destroy me." - ... of the Fourth Darkness

“This place is under my control”- All-seeing
“Do what you intend to do, I will not interfere” – Silent
“I have something you might want” – Prosperous
“Pretend not to know me” – Implacable
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