Cambion: the Legacy
A cur is a mongrel, a cambion without a family. The majority of curs are weak blooded bastards, children produced through the union of a “normal” cambion and a mortal, usually a mortal woman. Some families kill such offspring as a matter of course, thus preserving their relative monopoly on supernatural power. The families wouldn’t want who knows how many weak blooded independents running around with demonic powers. More often than many families would like, a libidinous cambion with have sex with a mortal woman and impregnate her and allow her and/or the child to escape. Because of this, there are often a number of curs around and about the world, often not knowing what supernatural potential they have, merely believing themselves to be unusually strong and resilient.
The other source of curs, called mixed blooded, is when a child is born between the union of two cambions from different families. These cambions can, in some cases, have quite potent blood and often have some of the supernatural abilities of both of their parents. The existence of these curs is highly frowned upon by all of the families save for the Amidas. This disapproval in some part hypocrisy, because most families would enjoy having a member with powers from a rival family, but the rival family would consider this such a threat that it would likely provoke a family war. For this reason, sex between cambions of different families is strictly prohibited and mixed blood curs are ruthlessly hunted. Of course, some families may adopt a mixed blood cur if it can be done secretly.
The Amidas family is willing to adopt curs that it finds, including mixed blooded curs. Because of doing this over the centuries, the Amidas family has gained a bit of the blood, as well as abilities, of many other families. Members of the Ascania family will sometimes bear weak blooded children and allow them to serve as inferior family members, which has been a major source of contention within the family for the last century.