Basic Beliefs Edit
This Path is practiced almost exclusively by the diablerist assassins of Clan Assamite, although only vampires who demonstrate true loyalty to the clan learn its harsh code. The founding principle of this Path explains that the children of Caine (or Khayyin, as the Assamites refer to him) are wicked failures, fit primarily to bring the brood of Haqim (the Assamites' name for their own clan founder) closer to "the One, " a state of mystical transcendence. Haqim instructs his childer to salvage or strike down Khayyin's other childer, drinking their blood in an effort to destroy the taint they inflict on the world.
Assamites on this Path follow two basic precepts. First and foremost, the clan seeks to convince other Kindred of their flawed, cursed nature, and thus convert them to the service of those on the Path. Kindred as a whole are blight upon the earth, and only by upholding Haqim's righteous code can they redeem themselves. Should vampires resist attempts at conversion, the Assamites kill and diablerize them, using the blood of the victims to lower their generations and thus return to Haqim's bounty. Although they are not inherently psychotic murderers, Assamites on the Path of Blood place little value on the unlives of other Kindred, and must have good reason not to slay most vampires with whom they come in contact. Vampires on this Path pose serious threats to other Kindred around them, and do not frequently associate with non-Assamite Kindred. Blood is blood, however, and Assamites are not so fatuous as to disregard the value of the vast web of Kindred society. Thus, many Assamites offer their martial expertise as murderers and bodyguards in return for payments of vitae - provided that they may harvest blood from those whom they bring down in combat.
Few young Assamites follow this Path or even know of its existence - Clan Assamite conspires to keep its beliefs secret from most other Kindred of the world. Hundreds of years ago, the Assamites' bloodthirsty ways united all other Children of Caine against them, and they are loath to face the concerted opposition of Khayyin's bastard brood again. As such, only the most accomplished and able Assamites learn this Path's tenets; young Assamites who face dire odds may jeopardize the clan's nominally covert vitae crusade.
|10||Killing a mortal for sustenance||Human blood is nourishing to the body, but the murder of lesser is poison to the soul.|
|9||Breaking a word of honor to a clanmate||Solidarity is important to the Assamites' holy cause.|
|8||Refusing to offer a non-Assamite an opportunity to convert||The childer of Khayyin are a curse and must be saved.|
|7||Failing to destroy an unrepentant Kindred outside the clan||Those who do not accept Haqim's teaching forfeit their unlives.|
|6||Succumbing to frenzy||Haqim teaches ascendance, not indulgence.|
|5||Failing to pursue the lore of Khayyin||To oppose one's enemies successfully, one must learn all about them.|
|4||Failing to pursue lesser blood||Other members of the clan may benefit from such vitae, no matter how diluted.|
|3||Refusal to aid a more advanced member of the Path||To act selfishly is to fall into the snares of Khayyin's spawn.|
|2||Failing to take an opportunity to lower one's generation||Haqim has decreed this as paramount to his child's cause.|
|1||Acting against another Assamite||This is treason to the Path and the clan.|
- Faithfully follow the teachings of Haqim.
- Mortals are beneath the notice of vampires. Feed from them only when necessary.
- Lose no opportunity to sate the Beast with the vitae of other Kindred.
- Withstand the Beast's fury - failing to master oneself results in lessened prowess.
- Seek knowledge that may aid the clan in its war on the cursed spawn of Khayyin.
- Extend the glory of Haqim's cause to other Kindred. Should they refuse, use them to further your own journey back to Khayyin's grace.