Antediluvian Founder of the Cappadocian Clan (deceased)


Cappadocius is described in Giovanni Chronicles I: The Last Supper as a man with a long beard, who emanates some sort of glow. With a luminous, translucent presence, he wears a white monk’s robe and a beatific smile, speaking in a strong but gentle voice. While he seems to be sitting down, perceptive individuals would notice that he actually floats less than an inch above the chair.


Capaddocius was sired in the city of Enoch, chosen for his intellect and his interest in matters surrounding death. As a clan founder of the Cappadocians . . . he was always a mystic and a dreamer, leading both to the grandiosity of his plans and the depth of his mistakes.

Most people assume that “Cappadocius” is an epithet for his point of origin (the Anatolia region of Turkey) rather than a personal name: whenever he was asked about his origins he would only say that he was “from Cappadocia”. The names of most of the third generation are lost to history, but Cappadocius’ name is unknown even to his contemporaries. To hear Cappadocian scholars tell it, the priest who would become Cappadocius chose to abandon his original name and take this one even before his Embrace, and this is the only name he offered to Caine and the second generation. Some even say that Cappadocius goes by no true name because he himself no longer knows it!

In his days as a mortal priest and man of faith, Cappadocius had his own dealings with the dead, a conversation here and there with spirits of those gone, and he had made several enemies in his time. When the Antediluvian died briefly during the Embrace, those spirits were waiting for him in the lands Beneath, and they attempted to cling to him, to prevent him from returning to his body when the curse of Caine took hold. It is said that, to some extent, they succeeded.

Part of Cappadocius never returned from the Underworld. Much of his knowledge and self-awareness were lost in that faulty Embrace, and the being who returned was not quite he who began the journey. Cappadocius’ very soul had been fragmented, and that is why he harbored such a fascination for the dead: Even when he himself did not realize it, he was constantly seeking the missing portions of himself. His progeny speculate that this flawed Embrace is also the reason for Cappadocius’ deathly appearance, because the spirit that returned to his body was incomplete, it was unable to fully stave off the decay of the grave. It may also be the reason that Augustus Giovanni could not devour his soul completly, as a part of it had always been in the Underworld.

In any event, Cappadocius spent most of his time in the Second City seeking answers to his various and sundry questions of the nature of life and death, studying ways to question the spirits, and — in his spare time — advising the other Cainites on any matters about which they chose to query him.

Cappadocius was unusually active for an Antediluvian; he embraced Christianity (although with his own particular twist), and was actively working with his childer until his final death. It was to his own undoing to order the Embrace of Augustus Giovanni, bringing the Giovanni in as a bloodline of the Cappadocians, and blissfully ignoring all the evidence that his newest childe was making a beeline for his throat (although it is very likely that he knew it from the start…). Thus, on April 4th, 1444, Cappadocius was willingly Diablerised by his childe, Augustus Giovanni.

That wasn’t the end of the ancient, however, for Augustus Giovanni did not managed to absorb his soul during the Diablerie.


Colin's Giovanni Chronicles Valerianus Valerianus