Mathias is the prince of Indy, and along with his sir Nicoli, they first made the city inhabitable by the kindred. He is known to be intensely loyal to Nicoli and any long standing kindred in the city who are not threatening the truce with the lupines. One common myth tells of a time when Mathias flew to Chicago to dispatch of a Malkavian who was causing trouble for one of the cities local Catiff, only to avoid any further disturbances of the Masquerade in his streets.
In most cities, princes don’t like to risk bloodhunts on those who break the laws. The ensuing violence could cause a breach in the Masquerade, and the draining of a powerful vampire could turn a group of neonates into a group of elders. Banishment is a popular alternative; the offending vampire is forced to leave the city and never return. In Indianapolis, Matthias cannot take such risks. If he ostracized every law-breaking vampire, he would arouse the Lupines and bring their wrath down on the whole city. Thus, when a law is broken, justice is usually swift and merciless. A violation of Matthias’ laws usually brings a painful punishment (staking or a minute in the sunlight), and a breaking of the Traditions is grounds for bloodhunt.