While the descendants of Caine have long claimed the night for themselves, they have found that all under the moon is not quite as it would seem. The Cathayans, long whispered of in hushed tones by travelers barely escaped from the Far East, bear the mantle of a tradition over six millennia old. Now, they spread their dread influence ever further from the Chinatowns and Japanese automobile plants that have carried them into the heart of North America.
NOTE: The Kuei-Jin are not a playable race in UnMasqued. If you wish to play a Kin-Jin affliated with the Thrice Plowed Courts, please contact the STs.
HOSHIMI, AMBASSADOR TO NEW YORK
Player: UnMasqued NPC (generally played by John Weil)
Appearance: Hoshimi is a shy delicate-looking young man in his twenties, dressed in the garb of a Taisho era student.
Appearance (Mechanics): ** Appearance-related Traits (Elegant x2, Gorgeous x3)
Description: The official emissary to the court of New York, as delegated by the Thrice Plowed Garden Court (a long way of saying New Jersey). A quiet and introspective young man, he often lets his secretary Theodore Malkin represent the interests of New Jersey's court. The one topic that will easily bring Hoshimi out of his shell is that revolving around the stars; he is a devoted student of any studies relating to the heavens, be they astronomy or astrology.
Player: UnMasqued NPC (generally played by LG)
Appearance: Reiko is a hideously arrayed teenage girl dressed in ganguro-style clothing, whose beauty manages to shine through the layers of fake tan and glitter she grotesquely covers herself in. She exudes a palpable feeling of death and coldness.
Appearance (Mechanics): ** Appearance-related Traits (Alluring x2, Gorgeous x3), obvious Negative Social Traits (Ghastly x3)
Description: The timid and stoic aide to Hoshimi, Reiko was assigned to New York for her skill in dealing with the otherworldly - specifically her deep connection to the spirits of the dead. Although rumors fly that her appointment to the barbarian city is some form of "punishment" for unnamed offenses to the proper courts, she politely declines to comment as to these. She looks to her lot in life with grim acceptance.
WICKED CARD CARRYING PRINCE
Player: UnMasqued NPC (generally played by Joe Maiville)
Description: A long-suffering bureaucrat assigned to Jersey City. Despite being surrounded by surrounded by co-workers that are by turns stupid, incompetent, and unbelievably evil, Tosa always keeps his cool. From the Tosa clan so instrumental in the early modernization efforts of Japan during the 18th century. Rumored to be prone to certain threatening outbursts, as any red-blooded samurai should be.
Player: UnMasqued NPC (generally played by John Weil)
Appearance (Mechanics):  Appearance-related Traits, obvious Negative Social Traits (Repugnant x3)
Description: Even amongst those who knew him well in the days when Hong Kong was a Camarilla bastion in a sea of dangerous friends and deadly enemies, for each person who was surprised at Malkin's assent to service with the Quincunx, another just gave a soft nod and a thoughtful murmur, "I thought he'd do just such a thing." While studying native Manchu crafts and culture in Northeast China, Theodore Malkin was Embraced by a Nosferatu for reasons unknown, even to him. It is likely that he would have even died, if not for the disturbances such an inauspicious event caused in the chi flow of the area, and his subsequent apprehension by provincial Thunders under the authority of the Beijing Court. There, he managed to survive only by his extensive knowledge of rituals, etiquette, art, and literature, impressing even some of the younger jina with his humility.
He was, after some terse negotiations with a Camarilla cautious about its population, allowed to move to Hong Kong, where he found an altogether cold welcome by profiteers and opportunists more interested in sneering over his "slavish debasement" before Beijing's mandarins than hearing about his experiences. He very well may have just languished there if a coterie of French art collectors had not made the long trip to Hong Kong, eager to parlay with the decadent Princes of Cathay for their exotic treasures. If Malkin had not interceded on their behalf, writing to his gracious hosts in the north and begging their sufferance to allow this coterie to see the priceless works of art that had been preserved from antiquity, it is most certain that they would not have lived. As things turned out, however, the coterie was allowed a five year stay within the Quincunx, meeting many powerful figures, seeing sights of near untold beauty, and receiving gifts at nearly each place they stopped. It was a brief flicker of hope for those wishing to see the two pillars of undead society, Camarilla and Quincunx, live in peaceful co-existence. Unfortunately, the outbreak of the Taiping Rebellion brought this idyllic journey to a jarring end. Francois Beaulieu, a poet and painter in the expedition, died en route to the much less turbulent north, leaving unfinished his travelogue, "Moonlit Gardens and Golden Pavilions: A Journey in the Celestial Empire" (Expression x 4).
While the rest of the expedition returned to Hong Kong safely, traveling by boat, Beaulieu's sire, who wielded great influence in the luxuries trade thanks to a casual bet made with the sausage-fingered undead merchant lord of Lisbon, Josť Eduardo Tavares Silva, was deeply displeased with the death of his childe, and ceased to provide financial support for the many Toreador who had been hoping to make the same trip after the readings of several letters sent back to the domain of Montpellier. Though Malkin continued to aid those Toreador able to privately fund their wishes to see the splendors of the Orient, winning the adoration of many throughout the clan for his efforts and ingratiating manner, he and his patrons were powerless to stop the inevitable clashes between East and West. The Opium War signalled the end of Malkin's time in the limelight, and he drifted into a life of relative obscurity as Hong Kong based Sinologist, ethnographer, and art collector. It was only with the turmoil that came with passing of Hong Kong from Britain's hands to China's that his name once more came to the lips of the undead. Theodore Malkin, it seemed, had decided to take the opportunity to visit his old friends in Beijing. He has been enjoying his time in the courts of the Quincunx ever since.
Sect description provided by John.