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Benjamin Julius Knight

"Some people seemed to get all sunshine, and some all shadow."

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Created on 2012-08-19 05:14:25 (#1706858), last updated 2012-10-07 (250 weeks ago)

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Name:Benjamin Julius Knight
Birthdate:Dec 1
Location:New York City, New York, United States of America


Benjamin Julius Knight was born in 1860, and the first born child to Julius Charles Knight and teenage bride, Emma Jessalyn Knight (nee Lawson). The couple married when they were just 16 years old at the request of their parents and a year later, welcomed their first son, Benjamin into the world. Both families were considered middle-classed and Julius went on to become a physician and surgeon in their home town, and would eventually over the years go on to welcome six more children following Benjamin. However, life became tough for the family and many other Americans when the Civil War his and Julius was called to service due to his medical skills. When the war was over, the family were left in a dire situation and Julius would never be the same again after the horrific things he witnessed in the war. The were offered a chance to emigrate to England where Julius' surgeon skills were much sought after, and Julius took his wife and son to sail to a better life in London, England.

It soon became obvious that Benjamin was an extremely smart child, possibly even a genius, and his father began to hold hopes his first-born son would follow in his footsteps. However, despite his sharp mind, Benjamin proved to be a handful and a bit of a rogue. He didn't have to work hard with his education because it came so easy, and found with the right amount of tactical thinking, things could fall in his lap. As he grew up, he also learned how to use his roguish charm to his advantage, especially when he discovered sexual pleasures. Benjamin didn't become a surgeon, and instead attended Law School at Oxford University. He didn't want to get into people's bodies for a living, he wanted to get into their minds and as soon as that notion triggered within him, he was unstoppable.

But it all went horribly wrong the night of Benjamin's 25th birthday. He was drunk from celebratory drinks with his university friends at their local pub. Benjamin stopped to drunkenly relieve himself in the gutter, hardly even aware of anything due to his level of intoxication. He never noticed the dark stranger following him home, and never noticed when his friends carried on ahead of him and left him behind when nature called. Benjamin was just trying to stumble his way back up on the footpath when a woman dressed all in black with her face concealed by a veil seized him from behind. He was roughly viced up against the stone wall and the beautiful Kindred stranger bit down into his throat and fed so quickly and intently, her plan to have him all along coming to fruition. But she didn't stop, and Benjamin wake up a few days later in a candlelit bedroom to discover he had been Embraced. He was Kindred and he was Ventrue, and his Sire was as hot as hell.

Embracing against one's will, however, was an offence punishable by death in the Kindred world. The Ventrue Primogen of London caught wind of the crime of Ben's beautiful Sire and she was hunted down and killed. Benjamin was stunned, only just being guided in the ways of surviving as a Kindred and he fled in fear of suffering the same fate as she did, not realising that his own Clan members would have taken him under their wing to aid him. Benjamin's family, however, were told he had gone missing, presumed murdered. They never found his body and in their miserable grief of losing their first-born child in such horrific and unresolved circumstances, the family, now with seven children, travelled back to their home town in New York.

Benjamin did manage to find his Kindred feet, and with a lot of savy street smarts. He accepted his fate as Kindred and after witnessing the downfall of his Sire, chose to stick to the rules. Just a few years later, though, the infamous murders of Jack the Ripper hit the media and Benjamin became fascinated. To him, it had Kindred written all over it, possibly even a Ventrue with a taste for prostitutes. It would never be known how he did it, but Benjamin faked a brand new identity and pretended to be a police detective with Scotland Yard, and found himself working the Jack the Ripper case, becoming one of the most well-known detectives on the case. The closer he got to the evidence and facts, the more it became obvious the perpetrator was Kindred... and indeed they were. Benjamin discovered who it was, but instead of exposing The Masquerade and putting his whole kind at risk, the case went unsolved forever and Benjamin made sure the killer met well-deserved justice.

It was years later, after a somewhat quiet life keeping his head down and just existing, that Benjamin started to yearn for his family. He travelled back home to America, and tracked down his family in New York to ensure they were okay. It was then that he discovered his youngest brother, Eric, and 25 years Ben's junior, was dabbling in the dangerous realms of bootleg liquor. With whispers legislature could pass to ban liquor entirely, Benjamin stuck close to his brother, though at a distance, to try and protect him from any danger. It didn't work, though, despite Benjamin's best efforts. Eric was murdered by a notorious New York gangster for orbiting in the wrong circles. Benjamin got to his brother but it was too late. His murderer had already fled as planned, the crime very much organised, and Eric was on death's door. Benjamin had no choice - as far as he was concerned - to Embrace his brother to save him.

Now nearly a century later, Benjamin's skills as a Kindred and natural talent for analysing people and situations has elevated him to Kindred Prince of New York when his predecessor was killed in a rebellion following the the terrorist attacks on 9/11. His council are a group of Clan Primogens he would trust with his life, including brother Eric, who took to Kindred life like a duck to water and used his supernatural abilities to weave his way through the gangster world during Prohibition in the 1920s, determined to hunt down his murderer to make him pay for taking his life. Julian has evolved into a laid-back yet dedicated ruler of his City, with his lover, Brujah Primogen, Molly Pierce loyally (albeit with much fire and strong-will of her own) and is the CEO of Knightshead Liquor, one of the biggest liquor companies in the world with his brother as his 2IC.

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What Ben is unaware of, though, is that his beloved brother has gotten himself into a bit of mess. Just when he believed his brother to be happy with new lover, Scottish Toreador Sired by the Scottish Prince, Logan Buchanan, Eric has found himself in a situation a little out of his depth. He took a keen lustful adoration to well-renowned fashion designer, Asher Rose and desperately wanted a taste of the talented gay designer who had built his own empire in the fashion world from nothing. At a society party one fateful night, Eric watched Asher from afar, trying to control his urges to feed from the younger mortal, much to Logan's amusement. It soon became evident that Asher was deeply upset and left the party early, causing Eric to follow him to make sure he got home safely, dragging Logan with him.

What neither of them expected was for Asher to step in front of a speeding 4x4 and take his own life. It was after a failed phone call, someone he had been trying to call without luck as the two Kindred lovers watched him from the shadows. With no answer to his desperate and pleading voicemail messages, Asher seemed to give up hope and without warning, took his own life right in front of them. Eric panicked and rapidly reaching a frenzy born of shock and emotion, more than he ever had in his entire life, and almost Embraced Asher who was barely still breathing, broken and covered in blood from the impact... a hit and run, with the 4x4 screeching off into the distance to leave Asher for dead. But Asher was no Ventrue material, not by a long shot. He was stunning, creative and artistic... he was Toreador through and through, and Eric forced Logan to Embrace the young man, threatening to kill him if he didn't, and the rest was history.

Now Eric holds this secret from his brother, knowing Logan, the love of his life, might face death if the truth comes out. It hasn't helped that Asher has been playing them like a cheap game of Poker, threatening to expose The Masquerade and what they did to him by taking him against his will if they keep getting up in his face or trying to control him. All Asher wants is his soulmate back, but that in itself has proven to be a whole other mess in itself.

THE KINDRED


Within a vampire bloodline known as The Kindred, seven vampire clans are collectively joined, forming the largest sect of vampires called the Camarilla, and survive through the Masquerade, disguising themselves as humans. Camarilla policy is that vampires should try to fit in with and hide from the rest of humanity, as to easily feed on them. For this reason, they created a web of lies and misinformation, called the Masquerade, to make the public believe that supernatural beings like vampires could not possibly exist. The Camarilla also believes that the only way the vampire species can survive in these modern nights is if it unite. Any breach of the Masquerade by any vampire risks exposing the entire race. Both viewpoints are fundamentally opposed by the Sabbat, an opposing sect to the Camarilla. The Camarilla also enforces the Eldest as ruling class over the younger vampires. The seven clans of the Camarilla are Ventrue, Brujah, Malkavian, Toreador, Gangrel, Tremere and Nosferatu. When a human is turned by a Kindred vampire, it is known as the Embrace, the vampire siring the human to embrace them into their own bloodline.

Each city has a ruler, a "Prince" who enforces the laws of The Masquerade that govern them to protect their anonymity. A clan is a group of vampires "related" by blood; i.e. the vampiric equivalent of an extended family or lineage. A clan is usually a large group, acknowledged widely in the vampiric society. Each clan nurture their own characteristics and traits, and each clan has its strengths and weaknesses. Often the clans do not always get along with certain clans such as the Brujah and the Ventrue actually hating one another. Each clan within a given area has a representative, a Primogen, who is usually the eldest and most powerful member of the clan, who attends the leader or prince's advisory council. This status also grants the character social advantages and greater power than being a normal member of their clan.

All information is taken from fandom source @ Masquerade Wiki and Kindred Wiki


VENTRUE CLAN


The Ventrue are the rulers, leaders and politicos of the Camarilla, sometimes known as the Patrician Clan or the Kingship Clan. In Ancient Rome, they were generals and warlords of the Empire, and in the Dark Ages, they were knights and barons, leading crusades and conquests. In modern times the Ventrue still have great ambition and see themselves as conquerors, but their ways have changed, using courts and companies instead of feifdoms and mighty armies. Targets for Embrace by the Ventrue have always been people in positions of power, whether these people were aristocracy or company CEOs. The Ventrue perceive themselves as the most powerful of the vampiric clans thanks to their wealth, social influence, and powers over the thoughts and feelings of mortals. The clan as a whole is typified as conservative, be it in actions or customs. The Ventrue have their own nigh-inviolable code of etiquette. The clan's Elders have been known to punish violations of these unwritten rules with greater ferocity and resolve than the Traditions of the Camarilla.

The Ventrue claim that ruling vampires is their duty, their burden, a task which is interlocked with their fate. The reality is that excessive pride and ambition seem a more convenient explanation as to why they strive to expand their already vast influence and assert themselves over other Kindred. They tend to be politicians, businessmen, military officers, crime lords, important members of powerful religions, sects and cults. In response to what they perceive as a degeneration of the clan from its noble roots, a smaller segment of the clan has forsworn their ties to the Camarilla to join the Sabbat as antitribu. They believe that greed has led the body of the clan astray from its previous glory, so their quest is for righteous military and tyrannical power over other Kindred to reestablish what they believe to be the proper order. The Camarilla Ventrue casually dismiss their antitribu cousins as idealists doomed to failure. Both Ventrue and Ventrue antitribu refer to themselves as the sole "true" heirs of the name.

In comparison to the other vampiric clans, the Ventrue are considered to be especially particular about whose blood they drink. In fact, any given Ventrue can only drink blood from a specific kind of mortal, or from mortals under a specific sort of circumstance. Some may only prey upon a given ethnicity, while others can only feed from humans of a certain occupation or even religion. Some Ventrue can only find nourishment from blood that carries a more rarefied quality such as anger, fear or innocence. Regardless of the sort of blood the Ventrue requires, other blood is regurgitated or simply cannot be swallowed. They may feed from other Kindred with no such restriction. Ventrue prefer to view this flaw as a matter of refined tastes. Of course, with the power (both supernatural and temporal) most Ventrue possess, few go hungry.

All information is taken from fandom source @ Ventrue Wiki

[ Inspiration for Ben and choice of Chris Evans as PB came from THIS Gucci ad ]


MUSE & MUN BOTH OVER 18 YEARS OF AGE. This is an roleplay and muse journal for character Benjamin Julius Knight, an original character based from the fandoms of Vampire: The Masquerade and Kindred: The Embraced TV series. All rights and written entries by [personal profile] shadowedknight is original work and owned by his creator. Neither Benjamin or his creator are in any way affiliated with Vampire: The Masquerade, Kindred: The Embraced or it's creators, and no profit is being made. Journal and character is for roleplay and enjoyment purposes only. Benjamin is portrayed by actor Chris Evans and is in no way affiliated to Chris Evans.


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