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Priscus (plural Prisci) is the title given to the informal leader of his or her clan within a city. This position is not an official one in the local governmental structure. Rather, it evolves organically as a single powerful Kindred takes responsibility for his clanmates. This can be a choice the vampire makes, to seek power, or it might result from others of his clan coming to him with problems.
As an informal position, the Prisci have no institutional power or rank. That said, the position does convey a substantial amount of status, and because it is usually powerful and well-respected Kindred who attain the position, the Prince and other elders are wise to at least consider their opinions. Many Prisci also sit on the Primogen, but the two bodies are not synonymous; not all Prisci are Primogen, and not all Primogen are Prisci. Many cities have no Prisci, and many more have Prisci for some clans and not others.
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