The Methuselahs are fourth generation vampires (childer of the Antediluvians). They are beings of immense power and ability. Methuselah is an Elder who has existed for at least a millennium or more. Fourth and most fifth Generation vampires are Methuselahs. These elders are generally old enough to have known their clan Antediluvian personally, and usually serve as lieutenants in the Jyhad. The term is also used to refer to elders who have very little to do with the Camarilla or Sabbat: their machinations are far deeper, subtle and terrifying. Methuselahs tend to fall into the borderline unplayable characters for vampire: they often break the rules as they exist, (e.g., Mithras surviving his diablerie by Monty Coven).