For other uses of the term Mekhet, see Mekhet (disambiguation).
There is often a certain amount of finesse and refinement in whatever Mekhet do. Mekhet can appear as stealthy information-gatherers, spies, assassins or scholars; but just as well they can be aristocrats making their mark in the societies of the damned. A Mekhet bodyguard for example is unlikely to rely on brute force, but rather know an ornate fighting style. A Mekhet thief is gracious or invisible, not a sloppy vandal. To the others, Mekhet appear to be the most ordinary of the kindred, the ones who seem to have the least to distinguish them from other vampires. They watch and hide, and the other clans don't seem to take much notice of them. Because Mekhet alone from the major clans have no powers of control over animals or people, they prefer to work in secret behind the scenes, via conspiracies and shadow cults.
The origins of the clan lie in the deep nights of ancient Egypt, where they fled the sun into the necropolis and learned the secrets of the dead. The word "Mekhet" comes from M'kh't (sometimes also spelled "Mekhat", since the script of Ancient Egypt did not depict vowels), which has been translated to mean "balance". These Mekhet believed that their souls had been never weighted against the feather of Ma'at and so, the true afterlife was barred to them. These creatures are separated from their ka through a lack of grave offerings (which caused the ka to leave the body), which allows the ba to enter the khat. The ba then has to fulfill the duties of the ka, meaning that the newly created Mekhet loses his reflection and his shadow. One Clan legend tells that the Cult of Set transformed themselves into Mekhet as a way of resistance against Akhenaten and his sun-god Aten. In doing so, they could not be possessed by the spirit servants of the pharaoh and raise later to exert their vengeance against him. These priests later became the Followers of Seth.Other stories tell of a group of mariners that traveled into the unknown regions of the Underworld, giving their blood to the restless natives in exchange for directions. When they returned, they had left their blood in the Below and were instead filled with yearning for answers.
The Mekhet's Embrace is a lot like dying and being reborn. The mind is preserved through the process, given perspective on the trial of death and transformation, it is shown the spiritual alchemy underlying the gross physical act. The Mekhet Beast is strangely silent compared to the Beasts of other Clans, making it hard for the Mekhet to distinguish what actions were his own and what actions were the result of the Beast's influence. Their kiss feels like revelation, like a corpse-cold epiphany, and their victims experience it like a surge of enlightenment, like they are on the verge of realizing some great secret or insight. For Mekhet, their Vessels are puzzles, means to find an enlightenment hidden in each drop of stolen blood.
As vampires closely related to darkness, Mekhet are more sensitive to light and fire. They take additional damage from fire and sunlight.
In Vampire: The Requiem Second Edition, their weakness is slightly tweaked. Instead, the Mekhet suffer the Tenebrous Curse. Their blood forms Banes more quickly, resulting in the aforementioned weakness against sunlight, as well as a series of more esoteric weaknesses. For Elder Mekhet, these weakness additionally act similar to the bans and banes of ephemeral entities.
The Character Ayanda from Night Horrors: Spilled Blood has a unique bane. Instead of having the Tenebrous Curse she instead suffers from the Taboo Curse, this weakness acts similar to the ban of a Ghost ephemeral entity.
Hollow Mekhet, a variant of the Mekhet from Thousand Years of Night also have a unique bane. Instead of having the Tenebrous Curse they instead suffer from the Haunted Curse. This has the Hollow Mekhet harassed by their Ka.
Notable Members of the Mekhet Clan
- Duce Carter, influential member of the Carthian movement in Chicago
- Trey "Loki" Fischer, found in Chicago
- Coco Duquette, primogen in New Orleans
- Thascius Hostilinus, founder of the Morbus bloodline
- Elisabeta, the plague nun
- Ayanda, the Ghost Queen
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Lost and Minor Clans:
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