Scholars of nights long past, in seeking keys to the nature of vampiric existence, pursued fragments of knowledge from the Book of Nod. Drawing upon the history from that book as well as other esoteric sources, Cainite scholars concluded that only Caine, as the first vampire, is the paragon of vampiric nature. The Noddists seek to become more like Caine, in order to discover the limits and powers of the undead form. By learning from Caine's example, the Noddists claim, one can understand the true nature of vampirism and how vampiric existence differs from one's mortal life.
Noddists seek knowledge and history, recording the experiences of Caine, so that they may learn from his example. To the Noddists, Caine's life reveals the mystery of the vampiric curse; by understanding the undead form, they transcend their mortal weaknesses. They prize any knowledge about the vampiric condition, but the writings and stories of the First Vampire form the core of Noddist lore. As Caine was marked and cast out from mortal society, the Noddists believe that he exemplifies most keenly the differences between vampires and humans. Therefore, this path's adherents cast aside their humanity as inadequate and useless, emulating Caine's exile and seeking new rules to govern their predatory drives.
The heart of the Path of Caine lies in the exemplification of vampiric nature: The questions of existence, the limits of the vampiric form and the changes wrought by the Embrace all drive the Noddists into endless speculation, debate, study and research. Scholarship and historical insight are valuable, but they vampire must simultaneously develop spiritually and physically, to explore the limits of his undead form. Diablerie serves as more than a simple theft of power; it allows the practitioner to learn from the experiences of other undead, thereby developing greater understanding. Other vampires lose themselves in attempts to save lost humanity or find meaning in obscure philosophy. The Path of Caine, instead, finds meaning in the fundamentals of vampirism.
The Path of Caine is demanding and rigorous; few vampires follow its tenets in the modern nights. This path places a high emphasis on scholarship, insight and personal discipline. With the eternal patience attributed to Caine, say the followers of the path, comes the opportunity to slowly refine oneself.
|10||Failing to engage in research or study each night, regardless of circumstances||The search for truth requires dedication.|
|9||Failing to instruct other vampires in the Path of Caine.||All vampires must have the opportunity to explore their potential.|
|8||Befriending or co-existing with mortals.||Caine was separated from mortals; as all vampires should be.|
|7||Showing disrespect to other students of Caine.||All of the Children of Caine deserve the respect due their heritage, as long as they strive to understand themselves.|
|6||Failing to ride the wave in frenzy.||Direct the Beast; do not be directed by it.|
|5||Succumbing to Rotschreck||Master your fear. Terror is for lesser beings.|
|4||Failing to diablerize a "humane" vampire.||Those who do not explore their potential forfeit that potential.|
|3||Failing to regularly test the limits of abilities and Disciplines.||Develop your capabilities to their limits in order to discern your true nature.|
|2||Failing to pursue lore about vampirism when the opportunity is available.||Every scrap of knowledge adds a piece to the puzzle of undead existence.|
|1||Denying vampiric needs (by refusing to feed, showing compassion or failing to learn about one's vampiric abilities).||To be a vampire, one must satisfy a vampire's needs.|
- Search for the history of Caine. Learn from his actions.
- Develop your willpower and predatory instinct. The Beast, like the rest of the vampiric form, may be mastered.
- Take the vitae of the unworthy so that you may become closer to Caine. Temper this accrual with an understanding of your own potential so that you do not take the Curse for granted.
- Adapt to the needs of your new condition; cast aside your lost humanity.
- Study your abilities and the abilities of Caine to discover what belongs within you. Examine the limits and meanings of vampirism.