Basic Beliefs Edit
The Path of the Bones, it is believed, grew out of a warped code upheld by the morbid vampires who sired the Giovanni. Human, Kindred or otherwise, every being sooner or later ends up in death's arms. The most ardent followers of this Path espouse "giving oneself over to the comprehension of life's inevitable end." Vampires who follow this Path seek the knowledge of precisely what death is: Is it simply the end of life? The transition of the soul to what lies after life? Is it the end of the soul's desire to be? These questions haunt the followers of the Path of the Bones each night.
Many vampires believe that the Path of the Bones is a degenerate Path that encourages followers to participate in all manner of murder and deviance. Those who uphold the Path and those who are familiar with it, however, know that it involves itself with a pursuit of life's and unlife's meaning. Followers of the Path seek to understand death's nature and purpose, and thus the roles individuals play in the greater scheme of the world. Mortality is inevitable, except for vampires, who have somehow managed to cheat the cycle.
Kindred nature, however, is generally outside the avenues this Path explores. It is truly a scholar's code, as the Kindred who follow it forsake even their own comfort to advance their understanding of mortality's mysteries. These Kindred are not necessarily cruel - they merely value comprehension more than human life.
At its simplest, the Path of the Bones seeks to define not only what death is, but also its meaning to those who have escaped it. It is a Path of knowledge and power, and many who support it learn to wield great influence over the living and dead alike. Many among the Path become quite erudite in the ways of ghosts, but even these odd beings fail to answer many of the Gravediggers' questions - what, for example, happens to a ghost that resolves its psychic struggle or discorporates into the void?
|10||Showing a fear of death||Fear inhibits learning.|
|9||Failing to study an occurrence of death||Refusal to learn indicates refusal to understand.|
|8||Accidental killing||There is no opportunity to gain insight.|
|7||Postponing feeding when hungry||Denial of the self serves no greater purpose.|
|6||Succumbing to frenzy||The Beast is irrational and emotion serves little to advance Understanding.|
|5||Refusing to kill when an opportunity presents itself||Experimentation proves theory, and without proof, there is no conclusion.|
|4||Making a decision based on emotion rather than logic||Vampires are dead; so, too, are their emotions.|
|3||Inconveniencing oneself for another's benefit||Death is inevitable; what meaning does easing another's doomed discomfort have?|
|2||Needlessly preventing a death||One must not prevent the cycle, but should learn from it.|
|1||Actively preventing a death||Such emotional ties befit humans, not Kindred.|
- Study death in all its permutations.
- Determine when death occurs; define it.
- Search for a purpose for death and the life that prefaces it.
- Quantify the differences of death by various causes.
- Achieve a comfort with death and unlife - distinguish between damnation and salvation.
- Hasten death's arrival, should it seem to be unnaturally delayed.