Then God said to the serpent, ‘Because you have done this, be accursed beyond all cattle, all wild beasts. You shall crawl on your belly and eat dust every day of your life’
– Genesis 3:14
They are everywhere, worming their way into every heart. They hear your curses, your sobs and your despair. They offer to ease your pain in return for a small favor. Only when you are in their debt will you discover the terrible price you have paid.
– Michael Young, New York, 1973
The Followers of Set, or Setites as they often call themselves, make up one of the most widely loathed clans in the world. The Camarilla decision to ask the Setites to join came only after weeks of divisive debate. Yet join they did and the Camarilla even though not all agree, has become stronger through it.
According to legend, the clan originated in ancient Egypt. About 5000 B.C., a group of powerful Kindred gathered around the Nile River delta. There they are said to have established a thriving civilization and enthroned themselves as the ruling gods. Among these Kindred was one named Sutekh. Sutekh, renowned as a warrior and hunter, stalked the darkness like a great beast; by 3300 B.C. he was being worshipped by some mortals as the God of Night and Darkness. He was more than likely a member of the third generation, an Antediluvian.
For the next two millennia, Sutekh, now calling himself Set, enjoyed the worship of mortals and the respect of his fellow Kindred. However, a power struggle began when a vampire known as Osiris, along with several of his progeny, began to claim absolute kingship over the rest of the Kindred. Set opposed Osiris, and for several hundred years the two waged a savage war. By 900 B.C., the tide had fumed against Set and his followers. A being known as Heru-Behutet, and his warriors, defeated Set and his allies in a great battle. Set was exiled and his followers
slaughtered. In his anguish, Set vowed that if he were to be exiled into the darkness, then that darkness would become all-powerful.
In the centuries that followed, Set recruited new followers. Most came from Egypt but there were others as well. Greeks, Romans, Persians and Semites all fell under the influence of Set, god of darkness. His message spread to the far corners of the known world. From the mountains of Spain to the shores of the Black Sea, the seeds of darkness were planted. Finally, in A.D. 33, Set himself vanished from the world ( likely to escape being a casualty of the Jyhad). Before he disappeared, Set promised his followers that he would eventually return in all h is dark glory.
Even after his disappearance, this clan grew in power. Always small in number, it exerted an influence that belied its size. Some say that its members were partially responsible for the birth of the Inquisition, though there is no proof to substantiate this allegation. Empires have come and gone and still the Followers of Set carry on their master’s dark traditions.
In modem times, the Setites found a new home in the Western Hemisphere. Both Jamaica and Haiti became fertile recruiting grounds for the clan. Using the sophisticated science of modern times, the Setites became druglords extraordinaire. Several Haitian secret societies and Jamaican posses are rumored to be under their control, along with at least one Middle Eastern terrorist group.
The first Follower into an area establishes a temple and prepares the way for others. Once a newcomer arrives, she stays at the temple until she has enough power to found her own. Each temple is at the center of a web of corruption, and is always led by a single vampire.
The vast majority of the Followers of Set have very distinct Middle Eastern features; however, increasing numbers are taken from all races. Red hair is especially prized because it is considered a mark of Set.