Colin's Giovanni Chronicles
(a.k.a. "Synovea") Ravnos Elder and Independent
Durga Syn, also known as Synovea, is a Ravnos elder renowned for her powers of prophecy. She frequently acts a guide to neonates and coteries, often while disguising herself as a mortal or a ghoul. She was an avowed foe of the Nosferatu Methuselah Baba Yaga.
A native of the lands of Russia not long before the arrival of Christianity, Durga Syn was a shaman in the cult of a Mother Goddess. Her people and their lands came under assault from Baba Yaga, who had degenerated into madness and cruelty.
The ancient crone offered Durga Syn immortality in exchange for her servitude, but was rejected. Angered, the crone laid a curse on Durga Syn that gave her an aged and weakened appearance, and laid another curse on Russia itself before she withdrew. Soon, as magic began to fade from the world, the first Christian missionaries came to Durga Syn’s people with the intent of converting them by any means necessary.
In a battle with these missionaries, Durga Syn was fatally wounded, and Baba Yaga returned to her with the intent of Embracing her. However, Baba Yaga had other foes: namely, a tribe of Ravnos, who created an illusion of an attacking Christian army as they stole Durga away and Embraced her into their own clan against her will.
Baba Yaga soon fell into torpor, apparently weakened by the fading power of magic. Durga Syn, however, remained active in the world of Cainites, where her powers of prophecy garnered her great renown.
In 1444, she first encountered a coterie of fledglings called the Children of Isaac, and became a guardian angel of sorts to these neonates over the centuries that followed. She subsequently traveled to Transylvania, where she advised both Vlad Dracul and his notorious son, Vlad Dracula.
Both Durga Syn and a Transylvanian coterie were later present for the Convention of Thorns in England; there, Durga urged the assembled vampires to find a third way, avoiding both the tyranny of the elders and the shadowy manipulation of the Camarilla in favor of simply leaving mortals to themselves.