Basic Beliefs Edit
Those vampires who follow the Path of Night wholly accept their damnation; indeed, they believe that, as vampires, it is their preordained role to act as agents of damnation. Unlife is nothing without pain, and misery enjoys company. This Path is practiced largely by young Kindred of Clan Lasombra, who gladly mortify their own souls in the interests of bringing atrocity to the world.
The Path of Night borrows heavily from Catholic dogma, though it concerns itself more with abandonment and damnation than redemption. The vampire's purpose in unlife, according to this Path, is to scourge the Earth, to act as an agent of evil and, thus, ultimately to do the bidding of the greater powers that dictate good and evil alike. None lives without original sin, and those who follow this Path are beholden to expose and exacerbate that sin. Life and unlife are varying states of damnation; those who fail to realize their full potential are lost sheep, suitable only for slaughter.
This is one of the most terrible Paths in existence, as it concerns itself with the outright and intentional discomfort of others. Its followers are more than mere bullies or sadists, however, in that they are sincere in their beliefs. One who receives the curse of Caine is bound by fate and duty to wreak vengeance upon the Children of Seth. In so doing, vampires on this Path hope that, by fulfilling the roles meant for them, they can transcend those roles and find ultimate peace. This final goal aside, though, the Path of Night is a Path of hostility and antagonism, and the company of those who follow it is extremely hard to abide.
For many Kindred, this is also a desperate Path, but one accessible to self-loathing vampires who seek a sense of purpose in the final nights of looming Gehenna.
|10||Killing a mortal for food||Dead mortals feel no dread|
|9||Acting in the interests of another||Gehenna is nigh - there is no time to fulfill petty agendas|
|8||Failing to be innovative in one's depredations||Familiarity for one's vile acts breeds contempt for them in others, and they may soon fail to shock|
|7||Asking aid of another||Those who cannot provide for themselves fulfill their ends poorly|
|6||Accidental killing||God has made Kindred horrors, not murderers|
|5||Bowing to another Kindred's will||The games of the Jyhad are diversions from the Damned's true purpose|
|4||Intentional or impassioned killing||Death serves no one, it merely deprives one of a victim|
|3||Aiding another||Compassion has no place in a vampire's undead heart|
|2||Accepting the superiority of another||All Kindred are equal under God's plan|
|1||Repenting one's behavior||The Kindred's purpose is to cause repentance, not to practice it|
- Leave no being untouched by your taint.
- Tempt and horrify those around you; the weak will fall, while the strong will be tempered by your testing of them.
- Inspire others to accept their inner darkness.
- Experience every sensation imaginable, and then some.
- Death is a means, not an end.
- Kindred, as souls damned by God, fulfill their purpose by preying upon mortals.