Shadow of a Horned God
Minerva, also called “Death’s Mistress” and “Scourge of Scythia”, is an Elder of Clan Cappadocian. She is on the verge of being declared as Methuselah, and is famous among Graverobbers in general and Scholars in particular throughout Europe. Following The Feast of Folly, Minerva changed her approach to existence completely, instead becoming a Faithful scribe at the Erciyes Monastery.
Minerva was born in the city of Ashur in the region of Assyria in the ancient kingdom of Persia. Her original name is unknown. Her mortal life was happy, being the daughter of a rather wealthy merchant, and she enjoyed all the comforts of a life in a large family. This changed at the age of 14. While on a trip to the city of Nineveh with her family, their caravan was attacked by a band of Scythian bandits. Both her father and older brother were killed guarding the caravan, while she (along with her mother and older sister) were taken prisoner. Her two younger brothers were brutally slain before their eyes. All the women (and girls) were raped and abused over the course of several weeks, until only Minerva remained, starving and on the verge of death.
The bandits were finally attacked by soldiers and driven to flight, but Minerva was left alone, her brutalized body mistaken for a corpse. At nightfall, she eventually found some strength to crawl to one of the bandits’ corpses, pull out his knife and cut her own wrists, hoping to end her own suffering. As she sat against a tree, blood forming a pool beneath her as she awaited death, a stranger approached her from the shadows of night. He asked her: “What are you doing here?”, and she replied: “I’m dying, leave me alone”. These were the last words she uttered in life, as the stranger fell upon her and brought her into the Clan of Death. Later that night, after he had spoken to her about the basic tenets of being undead, he told her his name was Lazarus, and that she would find answers on top of the great mountain in the northwest, when she was ready. At the next sunset, he was gone.
Minerva quickly learned the physical aspects of her new existence, and set upon the road north, to take her revenge against the savages. For several decades she ravaged the lands of the barbarians, slaughtering countless men, women and children and slaking her thirst upon them. So great was her fury that the news of “The Scourge” finally reached Mount Erciyes, and an envoy of Constancia set out to find her. When she eventually had been found, she was nearly lost to her Beast, her soul in a state of disaster. But the Scholar also recognized her strength, and decided to take her to the monastery.
At Erciyes, Minerva was “nursed” back to spiritual health, and she began studying in the libraries there. She proved a bright student, and the teachers acknowledged her aptitude for the The Eternal Riddle, and so she was tutored into Via Ossium. She studied at the monastery for several centuries, before deciding that she needed more worldly experience before continuing her research. She encountered the XX Valeria Victrix, a Roman Legion heading for Britannia, and accompanied them. She assumed the role of the War-Goddess Minerva, and fostered a relatively small cult of worshipers among the soldiers. During their conquests in Britannia, Minerva employed her Clan’s secret “Death Magic”, allowing her witness the battles daytime and she wrote several scrolls of notes during these bloody years.
Eventually, the Legion settled down to build the fortress city of Deva Victrix, and Minerva let her mortal cultists build her a shrine near a quarry in the outskirts of the city. She made her haven in a cave beneath the city, where she began collecting scrolls and books containing all kinds of mystic lore. A few years later a Roman Ventrue named Valerius Marcon arrived, and since Minerva had no ambitions other than her studies, she receded the title of Prince to him, in exchange for a secret agreement. The existence of a goddess among the soldiers became a legend passed on to new recruits, but her cult vanished over time as the members grew old and died.
Centuries passed, and Minerva studied relentlessly, and even sired a childe, Lucian Minorus in AD 203, who later chose to leave her side and engage in cainite politics in Eboracum. In AD 407, she participated in mortal affairs for the first time in more than three centuries, when she helped repel an Irish invasion of the city. In the aftermath of those events, she sired her second childe, Hector Augustinus, who would also become her lover.
After The Feast of Folly in the mid-5th century, Minerva was truly shocked. She decided to stay at Erciyes again, contemplating on the mysteries of existence once again. She didn’t quite regret her past, knowing that it had led her to this point. Instead, she chose to alter her fate, becoming an Apostate, changing from Via Ossium to Via Caeli. She did so in spite of the dangers of doing so at her age, and succeeded greatly. She began the slow ascension on her new Road, seeking the mythical state of Golconda, the ultimate answer to the riddle her Clan is so intent of answering.
After the death of the Clan founders’ First Son, Caias Koine, at the hands of his younger brother Lazarus in Egypt, a few descendants of the slain Methuselah grew a strong resentment towards the progeny of the treacherous Infitiore, and began working to eradicate the whole bloodline. Minerva has thus far managed to survive, but none can say what lies in the future.