Road of Blood

Roads are for Medieval vampires. Paths of Enlightenment do not exist yet and may not be selected.

The blood of Caine must be earned. The state of vampirism is not a right, nor a curse. it is a privilege that not everyone deserves. The followers of the Road of Blood understand this distinction and see themselves as its enforcers. They value purity of action and purpose.

This is not a trivial road to follow by any stretch of the imagination. It is all too easy to pervert the Road of Blood, using it to justify wanton diablerie. Because of this, the Road of Blood is characterized by a rigid code of ethics, a strict emphasis on self-control, and the utmost devotion and discipline. Its followers watch each other at least as closely as they watch outsiders. They see the triumph of the Beast as a weakness, and the Beast must be denied control at all costs. The Road of Bloodencourages fervency to the point of fanaticism - without this devotion, these Cainites would likely succumb to base temptations and abuse their purpose.

Obviously, if the followers of this road diablerized Cainites left and right, they would soon be destroyed. Several things keep this from happening. The followers of this road pay their closest attention to the worthiness of the blood-descendants of Haqim; they will pass over other Cainites in order to keep their own kind in line. The Sentinels also do their best not to act rashly. They consider their actions carefully, and try to remain unnoticed in their duties. Like all other Cainites, they exist on the time scale of a vampire - if they must take two centuries to orchestrate the diablerie of a particularly corrupt prince, then so be it. They also take into account degrees of corruption - why go after someone who sins but little when a greater sinner nearby requires immediate attention?

Sobriquet: Sentinels
Road Virtues: Conviction, Self-Control
Aura: Resolve. Followers of the Road of Blood know the seriousness of their task and are incredibly dedicated to it. Their aura modifer affects Willpower rolls.
Paths: A small, secretive group that follows the Path of Righteousness see it as their duty to watch the watchers exclusively. They concern themselves with rooting out corruption and lack of resolve among adherents of the Road of Blood.

Hierarchy of sins against the Blood:

10 Acting impulsively in any situation
9 Allowing actions to be dictated by emotion
8 Succumbing to frenzy
7 Failing to diablerize an unworthy vampire
6 Acting cowardly or dishonorable
5 Allowing the unworthy to go unpunished
4 Showing weakness before the unworthy
3 Failing to honor an oath
2 Submitting to the will of an unworthy prince or elder
1 Becoming blood bound to a Cainite