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==Overview==
 
==Overview==
The Book of Nod consists of multiple recensions and fragments that have been reassembled by various [[Kindred (VTM)|Kindred]] scholars, such as [[Aristotle deLaurent]], [[Beckett]], and [[Sascha Vykos]]. There have been attempts to compile these texts into one book, such as the [[The Book of Nod|chapbook]] produced by an [[White Wolf|obscure Georgia publishing house]]. But, traditionally, the primary transmission of Caine's story is oral (through [[Sabbat]] [[ritae]] or storytelling among the undead), while the texts with the most important events in Cainite history are heavily guarded to protect the Cainites. It must be mentioned that one's own personal beliefs aside, the texts and notes that have been passed down through the ages should be treated with great caution.
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The Book of Nod consists of multiple recensions and fragments that have been reassembled by various [[Kindred (VTM)|Kindred]] scholars, such as [[Aristotle deLaurent]], [[Beckett]], and [[Sascha Vykos]]. There have been attempts to compile these texts into one book, such as the [[The Book of Nod|chapbook]] produced by an [[White Wolf|obscure Georgia publishing house]]. But, traditionally, the primary transmission of Caine's story is oral (through [[Sabbat]] [[ritae]] or storytelling among the undead), while the texts with the most important events in cainite history are heavily guarded to protect the Cainites. It must be mentioned that one's own personal beliefs aside, the texts and notes that have been passed down through the ages should be treated with great caution.
   
Known attempts to assemble the Chronicles of the Book of Nod include:
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There are numerous open questions concerning the history of the Book of Nod. Its author is unknown, though [[Malkav]], [[Saulot]], and even [[Caine]] are often cited to have written parts of it, if not the whole thing. However, it may have had many authors and editors over the thousands of years since the time of the events which it describes, placing great doubts on its veracity. Some consider the entire book to be myths or lies, a story vampires invented to explain their existence or a tool used to mislead others into thinking and acting a certain way. Adding to these doubts is the fact that many writings attributed to the Book of Nod are incredibly vague or contradictory, sometimes appearing to be outright misdirection – which creates some large (and often violent) schisms of interpretation between [[Noddist]] groups.
 
* The catacombs under El Dorado allegedly have 13 stone tablets containing words to each of the 13 tribes of Kindred.<ref name="bon8">{{b|VTM|The Book of Nod|page=8}}</ref>
 
* The [[Codex of Caine]] assembled by [[Critias]]<ref name="bon8">{{b|VTM|The Book of Nod|page=8}}</ref>
 
* The [[Erciyes Fragments]], found in the [[Monastery of Shadows]] near [[Erciyes]], and dutifully copied in [[1197 (WOD)|1197]] by [[Niccolo Giovanni]], ghoul nephew of [[Augustus Giovanni]].<ref name="erciyes139">{{b|VTDA|The Erciyes Fragments|page=139}}</ref>
 
* The ''Book of Nod'' assembled by Aristotle deLaurent, Beckett, et al., and distributed by [[Ayisha Jocastatian]]. DeLaurent claims this is the ''most'' complete, but still not ''the'' complete text. It's assembled from a wide variety of different sources into a single narrative.
 
 
There are numerous open questions concerning the history of the Book of Nod. Its author is unknown, though [[Malkav]], [[Saulot]], and even [[Caine]] are often cited to have written parts of it, if not the whole thing. However, it may have had many authors and editors over the thousands of years since the time of the events which it describes, placing great doubts on its veracity. Some consider the entire book to be myths or lies, a story vampires invented to explain their existence or a tool used to mislead others into thinking and acting a certain way. Adding to these doubts is the fact that many writings attributed to the Book of Nod are incredibly vague or contradictory, sometimes appearing to be outright misdirection – which creates some large (and often violent) schisms of interpretation between [[Noddist]] groups. The oldest piece of the Book is dated to just before the time of Sumer, around 4500 BCE.<ref name="bon56">{{b|VTM|The Book of Nod|page=56}}</ref>
 
   
 
The [[Camarilla (VTM)|Camarilla]] has a policy of denouncing Noddist lore and persecuting those who spread it. Any found pieces of the Book of Nod or similar texts are either destroyed or quietly stashed away to be studied by the [[sect]]'s leaders. Nevertheless, the Book of Nod continues to be sought by many Kindred in the belief that it holds truths of vampiric nature and prophecies of the future.
 
The [[Camarilla (VTM)|Camarilla]] has a policy of denouncing Noddist lore and persecuting those who spread it. Any found pieces of the Book of Nod or similar texts are either destroyed or quietly stashed away to be studied by the [[sect]]'s leaders. Nevertheless, the Book of Nod continues to be sought by many Kindred in the belief that it holds truths of vampiric nature and prophecies of the future.
 
A fabled "lost book" of the Book of Nod, the "Cycle of Lilith,"<ref name="bon58">{{b|VTM|The Book of Nod|page=58}}</ref> is in truth their own narrative and series of documents, most recently assembled as the [[Revelations of the Dark Mother]]. Although tied to the Book of Nod, the narrative of the Cycle of Lilith is no more part of the Book of Nod than the Book of Nod is part of the mortal Bible.
 
   
 
=== The Chronicle of Caine ===
 
=== The Chronicle of Caine ===
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