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The '''Book of Nod''' is the primary religious text of [[Noddism|Noddist]] [[Kindred (VTM)|Kindred]], in some ways akin to the [[Wikipedia:Bible|Bible]], as it relates the creation story of [[Vampire (oWOD)|vampires]] and sets down some laws by which they are to live. There is no one copy of the Book, instead consisting of multiple recensions and fragments that have been reassembled by various Kindred scholars, such as [[Aristotle de Laurent]], [[Beckett]], and [[Sascha Vykos]]. Relatively recent compilations have been created by a variety of sources (notably a [[Book of Nod (Supplement)|chapbook]] produced by an obscure Georgia publishing house), but in many cases the primary transmission of the story is oral, through [[Sabbat]] [[ritae]] or storytelling among the dead. 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 '''Book of Nod''' is the primary religious text of [[Noddism|Noddist]] [[Kindred (VTM)|Kindred]], in some ways akin to the [[Wikipedia:Bible|Bible]], as it relates the creation story of [[Vampire (oWOD)|vampires]] and sets down some laws by which they are to live. There is no one copy of the Book, instead consisting of multiple recensions and fragments that have been reassembled by various Kindred scholars, such as [[Aristotle de Laurent]], [[Beckett]], and [[Sascha Vykos]]. Relatively recent compilations have been created by a variety of sources (notably a [[Book of Nod (Supplement)|chapbook]] produced by an obscure Georgia publishing house), but in many cases the primary transmission of the story is oral, through [[Sabbat]] [[ritae]] or storytelling among the dead. 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.
   
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== Background ==
 
There are numerous questions concerning the history of the Book of Nod. It's author is unknown, though [[Malkavian Antediluvian|Malkav]], [[Salubri Antediluvian|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, creating some very large (and often violent) schisms of interpretation between Noddist groups.
 
There are numerous questions concerning the history of the Book of Nod. It's author is unknown, though [[Malkavian Antediluvian|Malkav]], [[Salubri Antediluvian|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, creating some very large (and often violent) schisms of interpretation between Noddist groups.
   
   
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=== The Chronicle of Caine ===
== The Chronicle of Caine ==
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The sacred texts of Caine outline the history of his curse. Caine explaines that he killed his brother [[Abel]] as a sacrifice to [[God (oWOD)|God]]. Cursed for his deed, Caine is banished to live in Nod, east of [[Wikipedia:Eden|Eden]]. Caine wanders in Nod for an unspecified period of time, until he meets [[Lilith (oWOD)|Lilith]], former lover and coeval of his father, [[Adam]]. Lilith provides some solace to Caine and, though the details vary greatly as to how or why, he gains from her potent magic, the [[Discipline (VTM)|Disciplines]] of the modern nights.
The core story of the Book of Nod is the '''Chronicle of Caine'''. This is the story of [[Caine]], who murdered his brother [[Abel]] as a sacrifice to [[God (oWOD)|God]]. Cursed for his deed, Caine is banished to live in Nod, east of [[Wikipedia:Eden|Eden]]. Caine wanders in Nod for an unspecified period of time, until he meets [[Lilith (oWOD)|Lilith]], former lover and coeval of his father, [[Adam]]. Lilith provides some solace to Caine and, though the details vary greatly as to how or why, he gains from her potent magic, the [[Discipline (VTM)|Disciplines]] of the modern nights.
 
   
 
Immediately thereafter, Caine abandons Lilith and is approached by four angels sent by God. These angels offer Caine the opportunity to repent, though he rejects each in turn, and is then cursed by the angel with specific vulnerabilities:: sunlight, fire, and treachery. The last angel prophesies the path of [[Golconda]] by which redemption can later be found, then leaves Caine in his cursed state. Some believe it is this point that Caine has been made into the First Vampire and the [[Beast (VTM)|Beast]] emerges, though that may have been a result of Lilith's magics.
 
Immediately thereafter, Caine abandons Lilith and is approached by four angels sent by God. These angels offer Caine the opportunity to repent, though he rejects each in turn, and is then cursed by the angel with specific vulnerabilities:: sunlight, fire, and treachery. The last angel prophesies the path of [[Golconda]] by which redemption can later be found, then leaves Caine in his cursed state. Some believe it is this point that Caine has been made into the First Vampire and the [[Beast (VTM)|Beast]] emerges, though that may have been a result of Lilith's magics.
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After the flood, the [[Antediluvian]]s rebel against the [[Second Generation]], slaying their sires and then building a [[Second City]] where they rule over the [[kine]] openly. Caine returns to the Second City, where he curses each of the [[clan (VTM)|clans]] with a distinctive weakness. The chronicle ends at this point.
 
After the flood, the [[Antediluvian]]s rebel against the [[Second Generation]], slaying their sires and then building a [[Second City]] where they rule over the [[kine]] openly. Caine returns to the Second City, where he curses each of the [[clan (VTM)|clans]] with a distinctive weakness. The chronicle ends at this point.
   
== Other Books ==
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=== The Chronicle of Shadows ===
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The sacred texts of the ''Shadows'' are a collection of commandments and proscriptions from Caine and other clan Founders. Other fragments, notably the contents of the [[Erciyes Fragments]] are sometimes considered part of the book as well.
   
Other common elements of the Book of Nod include the '''Chronicle of Shadows''', which is a collection of commandments and proscriptions from Caine and the other Clan Founders. Other fragments, notably the contents of the [[Erciyes Fragments]] are sometimes considered part of the book as well.
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=== The Chronicle of Secrets ===
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The sacred texts of ''Secrets'' proclaim the prophecies of an event known as [[Gehenna (Event)|Gehenna]]. These events include the majority of figures which regularly appear in Cainite Eschatology: The [[Black Throne]], the [[Last Daughter of Eve]], the [[Dark Father]] and [[Dark Mother]], and the [[Time of Thin Blood]]. It is due largely impart to the ''Secrets'' that the [[Camarilla]] seeks to squash the Book of Nod.
The most problematic part of the book is the '''Chronicle of Secrets''' which details prophecies of [[Gehenna (Event)|Gehenna]] and a broad outline of Gehenna's events. These events include the majority of figures which regularly appear in Cainite Eschatology: The [[Black Throne]], the [[Last Daughter of Eve]], the [[Dark Father]] and [[Dark Mother]], and the [[Time of Thin Blood]].
 
   
 
== See Also ==
 
== See Also ==
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* '''[[Book of Nod (supplement)|The Book of Nod Supplement]]''', a player's book published by White Wolf Publishing, 1995
* '''[[Book of Nod (supplement)|The Book of Nod Supplement]]''', The game book
 
 
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The Book of Nod is the primary religious text of Noddist Kindred, in some ways akin to the Bible, as it relates the creation story of vampires and sets down some laws by which they are to live. There is no one copy of the Book, instead consisting of multiple recensions and fragments that have been reassembled by various Kindred scholars, such as Aristotle de Laurent, Beckett, and Sascha Vykos. Relatively recent compilations have been created by a variety of sources (notably a chapbook produced by an obscure Georgia publishing house), but in many cases the primary transmission of the story is oral, through Sabbat ritae or storytelling among the dead. The 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.

Background

There are numerous questions concerning the history of the Book of Nod. It's 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, creating some very large (and often violent) schisms of interpretation between Noddist groups.


The Chronicle of Caine

The sacred texts of Caine outline the history of his curse. Caine explaines that he killed his brother Abel as a sacrifice to God. Cursed for his deed, Caine is banished to live in Nod, east of Eden. Caine wanders in Nod for an unspecified period of time, until he meets Lilith, former lover and coeval of his father, Adam. Lilith provides some solace to Caine and, though the details vary greatly as to how or why, he gains from her potent magic, the Disciplines of the modern nights.

Immediately thereafter, Caine abandons Lilith and is approached by four angels sent by God. These angels offer Caine the opportunity to repent, though he rejects each in turn, and is then cursed by the angel with specific vulnerabilities:: sunlight, fire, and treachery. The last angel prophesies the path of Golconda by which redemption can later be found, then leaves Caine in his cursed state. Some believe it is this point that Caine has been made into the First Vampire and the Beast emerges, though that may have been a result of Lilith's magics.

Caine continues to wander the world until he reaches the city of Enoch, where he Embraces the king and rules the city openly. During this time, Caine encounters an apocryphal figure, the Crone, who forces Caine into a blood bond. During this time, he learns other lore about vampiric weakness, which he uses to stake and kill the Crone before returning to Enoch. There he finds his descendants have grown massively in numbers and foresees God's growing anger with the state of the world. He abandons the city and his children to the Great Flood, and then disappears.

After the flood, the Antediluvians rebel against the Second Generation, slaying their sires and then building a Second City where they rule over the kine openly. Caine returns to the Second City, where he curses each of the clans with a distinctive weakness. The chronicle ends at this point.

The Chronicle of Shadows

The sacred texts of the Shadows are a collection of commandments and proscriptions from Caine and other clan Founders. Other fragments, notably the contents of the Erciyes Fragments are sometimes considered part of the book as well.

The Chronicle of Secrets

The sacred texts of Secrets proclaim the prophecies of an event known as Gehenna. These events include the majority of figures which regularly appear in Cainite Eschatology: The Black Throne, the Last Daughter of Eve, the Dark Father and Dark Mother, and the Time of Thin Blood. It is due largely impart to the Secrets that the Camarilla seeks to squash the Book of Nod.

See Also

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