The First City
In the beginning there was only Vecna who was cast out.
Vecna was cursed forever with unlife and a thirst for blood.
It is Vecna from whom we all come.
After Lillith left and after Vecna killed the Crone he lived for the passing of an age in the Mountains of Night.
He returned to the world of Kine and was made welcome.
The people saw his power and worshipped him.
The mortals made him King of their great city, The First City.
Vecna ruled from the Black Basalt Throne.
But Vecna grew lonely in his Power.
He saw within himself the seeds of fertility to be a maker of his own.
And so Vecna Embraced the greatest of the Kine, making the Second Generation.
The first Kindred of Vecna learned the way of making Progeny of their own.
And were granted one Progeny of each, Antedeluvians or Elders of their Clan.
Nothing more is known of Vecna's first, never being seen again.
The city stood for many ages, and became the center of a mighty Empire.
However the world became unquiet, as his children wandered here and there, indulging their dark ways.
Vecna felt anger when children fought, deceived each other, and abused one another.
He exiled the Sons of For-Ever Years from the world and severed the Elven Tree of Life.
This destroyed the shining reflection which started a chain reaction killing the soul of the world.
This marked the end of the Blue Age, with the rivers and oceans drying up.
This in turn destroyed the greenery of the world.
? Vecna led his Kindred and Kine to purge the dragons of the world, depriving their Celestials of their worship. He exiled the now weakened Dragon Royalty and tamed Roget the World Dragon.
The First Tradition: Masquerade
Do not reveal your true nature to those not of the Blood.
Doing so forfeits you your claim to the Blood.
The Second Tradition: Progeny
Sire another at the peril of both yourself and your progeny.
If you create a childe, the weight is your own to bear.
The Third Tradition: Amaranth
You are forbidden from devouring the hearts blood of your Kindred.
If you violate this commandment, the Beast calls to your own Blood.
Never forget the First Sire, Vecna the Undying Father.
Know that the right of life and death, will ever be the sire's
Honor always your sire.
Thou shall not slay thy sire.
Thou shalt not Embrace those who are unworthy
Thou shalt not use the Embrace as punishment, neither shall you embrace the youngest.
Thou shalt not Embrace those who are diseased, insane, or full of ill humors, for they will taint the Blood.
Thou shalt not Embrace the Moon-Beasts.
Embrace not the blood of the Enlightened.
Taste not the blood of the Wild Ones.
Most important Embrace not for love.
Thou shall teach your Progeny the ways of the Kindred.
All Progeny should learn from their Sire the Traditions, the Rites and the Customs as given be Vecna.
Thou shall honor each other's house.
Honor another's progeny.
To your brothers and sisters, always grant hospitality, blood, and a roof from the sun.
Thou shalt protect always those who serve you.
Never shall there be more Kindred than Kine in a place.
Neither should there be more than one Kindred per three Kine.
A Valediction, Forbidding Diablerie
Seek not the blood of thine own Elder.
Seek not the blood of thy Sire's Sire.
Seek not the blood of thy Maker.
For thou will be marked low among the cursed and feel the funeral pyre.
The Gifts of Vecna
Mark well the threefold drinking, the Bond of Blood.
Those-who-serve the children of Vecna be our eyes, ears, and hands within the day.
Of those you gift with your blood, let your Strength be their Strength.
Let these be greater than the mortals.
No kindred has the right to slay another's gifted servant without provocation.
Vecna's Law and Punishment
Vecna said, "I will shed tears of blood when I hand out punishment to my children.
But punishment there will be for disobeying my word.
Punishments are Bloodhunt, Branding, Exile, and Ordeals of Arms, Beast, or Fire.
Heavily inspired by Vampire the Masquerade - the book of Nod.
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