Basic Beliefs Edit
Upheld exclusively by vampires of the Ravnos clan, the Path of Paradox concerns itself with the vampires' karmic duty to continue the grand cycle of ages. The Path of Paradox pays a heavy debt to certain tenets of Hinduism and, some whisper, to the indecipherable codes upheld by the Cathay an vampires of the Orient.
According to the Path of Paradox, Kindred are locked perpetually outside the illusory cycle of the universe (maya). Whereas most beings are reincarnated through samsara, a continual "entanglement" in the cycle of rebirth, Kindred have eluded that cycle. Every individual has his own purpose, or svadharma, according to the Path of Paradox, although vampires, excluded from the cycle, have lost theirs. In place of the dharma they once followed, each Kindred must now try to advance maya, hopefully understanding it in the process and finally penetrating the great illusions that shroud Ultimate Truth from their eyes. The means by which the Ravnos undertake this cyclical advancement, however, is by selective deception. Other vampires look upon the Ravnos as untrustworthy, and can hardly be expected to take the advice of the Gypsy Kindred. As such, the Ravnos have had to resort to elaborate ruses in order to get other vampires - or, indeed, anyone with whom they come in contact at all - to undertake a course of action. Ravnos vampires see their undead state as a curse, like many other Kindred do. However, the Ravnos believe this shruti (what has been learned from the gods) to be due to their failure to understand maya. Other Kindred, also removed from the karmic wheel, often fail to realize the necessity of their return to the cycle. The Ravnos understand this - and expedite their return by destroying them.
|10||Embracing a woman||Males traditionally make better offerings to the gods.|
|9||Embracing outside the jati||Many others fail to comprehend the depth of the Paradox philosophy.|
|8||Destroying another Shilmulo||Charity does not, as is widely believed, begin at home.|
|7||Killing a mortal for sustenance||Death robs a person of the ability to fulfill their svadharma.|
|6||Failing to destroy another vampire||Those who cannot see the true way should be returned to a productive role in the cycle.|
|5||Killing a mortal for reasons other than survival||A person may not have achieved her svadharma, and preventing such is anathema.|
|4||Failure to aid another's svadharma||The shruti defines this as the Shilmulo's purpose.|
|3||Allowing one's sect affairs to precede one's dharma||One's allegiance should be to the gods, not one's companions.|
|2||Becoming blood bound||One may never destroy one's regnant, which is the whole purpose of this Path.|
|1||Embracing needlessly or out of personal desire||One must return others to the cycle, not extract them from it.|
- Embrace only if absolutely necessary, and then only from the jati (family line, also referred to as the Rom in one specific case).
- Interpret the svadharma of others and aid them in their fulfillment of it.
- Destroy other Kindred, for they are unnatural to maya.
- Erase karmic debt, dispel maya's illusions and return to the samsara.
- Use deception to achieve your ends, as others bear the fault of distrust.
- Confuse the Antediluvians by returning their childer to the cycle.