Dur-An-Ki ("Master of Heaven and Earth") or Assamite Sorcery (see below) is a form of blood magic practiced by Kindred of the Middle East and Africa, particularly the sorcerers of the Assamite clan and the Shango legacy of the Laibon. It is a very old form of magic, drawing from a huge variety of mortal religious traditions, and pre-dating Thaumaturgy, which it resembles in many ways.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Originally the main form of blood magic practiced by all Kindred, Dur-An-Ki became lost to European vampires during the Dark Ages. It differs from Thaumaturgy mainly in that its practitioners, called ashipu, do not impose their will on the world through abstract symbols of power. Instead they call upon ancient covenants with spirits, commanding them to fulfill their desires, though this is a very different practice to the long-lasting pacts made with demons by practitioners of Dark Thaumaturgy.

Rather than the hermetic trappings of Thaumaturgy, Dur-An-Ki draws heavily on astrology, the use of amulets and talismans, and especially ecstatic practices. By entering into a trance, the ashipu ascends the "Ladder of Heaven" to meet ever more powerful spirits and gain more powerful magic. Assamite sorcerers usually use a drug called kalif for this purpose, but there are many other methods, including dancing, pain, meditation and artistic expression.

Besides the Assamites, the other prominent faction to utilize Dur-An-Ki are the Baali of the Order of Moloch. Being in a unique position to know what Mesopotamian gods were masks for creatures of the Outer Dark and who were not, the Baali made covenants with the oldest, most primordial entities. In contrast to Assamites, who use kalif, the Baali mainly use pain inflicted by their own Clan Curse to achieve ecstasy.

Dur-An-Ki vs Assamite Sorcery[edit | edit source]

Dur-An-Ki is a form of magic that originated in ancient Mesopotamia that Assamite Sorcerers have incorporated into their own practices. However it is not confined to Assamites, or indeed Kindred, as it grew out of a mortal magical tradition, though it is likely only mages would have had any success using it.

Some scholars refer to Assamite blood magic specifically as "Assamite Sorcery", either from ignorance (few western Kindred are familiar with the Shango or know of other ashipu besides the Assamites) or to deliberately distinguish it from the broader tradition of Dur-An-Ki. Assamites, however, refer to their magic as Dur-An-Ki and see no need to distinguish themselves from other practitioners.

Paths[edit | edit source]

Dur-An-Ki does not have a set primary path – note that the most detailed paths are unique to Dur-An-Ki:

Awakening of the Steel[edit | edit source]

Source[1]

  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Confer with the Blade: See events and informations that have transpired around a weapon.
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Grasp of the Mountain: Mystically enforce the grip on your weapon
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Pierce Steel's Skin: Direct your weapon to destroy any protective measures of the enemy
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Razor's Shield: Allows to parry projectiles
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.png Strike at the True Flesh: Bypass any supernatural protection in your attack

Hunter's Winds[edit | edit source]

Source[2]

  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Scent of Deception: Alters your scent
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Chameleon's Skin: Alter your skin and clothing to assume nearby coloring and texture
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Unassuming Pose: Blend in a crowd of people
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Whiff of Kalif: Appear physically intoxicating
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.png Ghost Body: Become invisible, inaudible, and intangible

Covenant of Nergal[edit | edit source]

Source[3]

  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Maskim's Touch: Cause symptoms of influenza in a target
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Breath of Ereshkigal: Breath upon a target, inflicting minor disease
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Nergal's Blessing: Lessen the symptoms of a pathogenic illness
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Nergal's Wrath: Inflict a disease of choice on a target
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.png Ill Wind: Spread a disease simply through your nearby presence

Evil Eye[edit | edit source]

Source[4]

  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Humiliation: Cause a victim to have bad luck in its next action
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Loss: Cause a victim to lose a valued piece of property
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Peril: Cause a victim to suffer a dangerous accident
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Enemy: Cause a victim to lose Allies
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.png The Eye That Wounds: Inflict damage on your target

Music of the Spheres[edit | edit source]

Source[5]

  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Song of Mercury: Deaden emotions through music
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Song of Venus: Enhance affection through music
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Song of Mars: Enhance aggression through music
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Song of Jupiter: Allows to resist Presence and similar attempts of emotional control
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.png Song of Saturn: Inspire supernatural fear in an audience

Echoes of Allah's Wrath[edit | edit source]

Source[6]

  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Curse of Lifeless Mien: Curse a mortal to appear sinister and withdrawn
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Curse of Heavenly Dolor: Curse a mortal to recoil from symbols of faith
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Curse of Unfettered Rage: Curse a mortal to experience a Frenzy
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Curse of Boundless Thirst: Curse a mortal to gain only sustenance from blood
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.png Curse of Forbidden Sol: Curse a mortal to fear the sunlight like a vampire does

Whispers of the Heavens[edit | edit source]

Source[7]

  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Map the Skies: Read the stars to determine your exact position
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Read the Heaven’s Plans: See an omen of the future
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Call Down the Hunter’s Moon: Determine the best course of action for specific undertaking
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Trace the Soul’s Favor: Divine important aspects from a person whose birth date is known
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.png Ripples on the Sea of Stars: See parts of the world from aerial perspective

Blessings of the Great Dark Mother[edit | edit source]

Source[8]

  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Cradlesong: Sense any supernatural pacts or spiritual ties, including the Blood Bond, that bind a target
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Kessep: Sever one supernatural tie to a demon or spirit
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Sotheq: Temporarily block all supernatural ties to a demon or spirit
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Allah: Sever all supernatural pacts with a demon or spirit
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.png Memo: Purge a target from all supernatural pacts, as well as learning to whom he was indebted

Keepers Way[edit | edit source]

Note: This Path is only available to the protectors of the Heartsblood[9]

  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Sense the Ripples: Use the accumulated knowledge of the Heartsblood to become aware of future events
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Gift of Haqim: Make blood points drawn from the Heartsblood last longer
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.pngMenu bullet.png The Distant Crimson: Use the Heartsblood to see through the eyes of any Assamite in a one hundred kilometer radius
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu bullet.png Know the Fate of One: Use the Heartsblood to gain detailed knowledge of the fate of a chosen vampire
  • Menu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.pngMenu hover bullet.png Cast into the Pool of Blood: Use the Heartsblood to influence future events by either aiding or hindering vampires in the vicinity of the Heartsblood

Similar Paths[edit | edit source]

As Dur-An-Ki shares magical roots with Thaumaturgy and many other magical practices, many of the common paths are available, though they are usually identified with a particular spirit or type of spirit, and called by a name which identifies that spirit. As with Akhu, in most cases these paths pre-date the Tremere versions. Thanks to many centuries of contact with other magic users, the ashipu may also know a few paths practiced by other Middle-eastern traditions.

Alchemy[edit | edit source]

Similar to the homonymous path.[1]

Covenant of Enki[edit | edit source]

Similar to Neptune's Might.[2]

Elemental Mastery[edit | edit source]

Similar to the homonymous path.[3]

Echo of Nirvana[edit | edit source]

Similar to the Path of the Focused Mind.[4]

Hands of Destruction[edit | edit source]

Similar to the homonymous path.[5]

Hand of the Magi[edit | edit source]

Similar to Lure of Flames.[6]

Gifts of the Heart[edit | edit source]

Similar to the homonymous path.[7]

Gifts of Faith[edit | edit source]

Similar to the homonymous path.[8]

Jinn's Gift[edit | edit source]

Similar to the Path of Conjuring.[9]

Life's Water[edit | edit source]

Similar to the Path of Blood.[10]

Movement of the Mind[edit | edit source]

Similar to the homonymous path.[9]

Path of the Ailing Jackal[edit | edit source]

Similar to the Path of the Father's Vengeance.[11]

Path of the Blood's Curse[edit | edit source]

Similar to the homonymous path.[12]

Path of Blood Nectar[edit | edit source]

Similar to the homonymous path.[13]

Path of Duat[edit | edit source]

Similar to the homonymous path.[14]

Path of the Levinbolt[edit | edit source]

Similar to the homonymous path.[15]

Path of Warding[edit | edit source]

Similar to the homonymous path.[15]

Suleiman's Laws[edit | edit source]

Similar to Spirit Manipulation.[16]

Weather Control[edit | edit source]

Similar to the homonymous path.[17]

Additional Powers[edit | edit source]

Although it is still possible to them, students of Assamite Sorcery have great difficulty learning the practices of other blood magic traditions. All experience points costs to learn other blood magic paths and rituals are increased by half (round up) for Assamite sorcerers. In addition, even once the sorcerer has incorporated these lessons into her repertoire, they are still alien to her. All invocations of a "foreign" path require one extra blood point and all rituals take triple the normal time and require one extra success for any desired result.[18]

Rituals[edit | edit source]

Main article: List of Dur-An-Ki Rituals

Many Assamite rituals revolve around contact between the reclusive viziers and worldly assassins. The latter exchange vitae for magical services. Also, invoking rituals requires one to ingest at least one point of vitae from a vessel under the influence of kalif, or to actively inhale large quantities of the smoke itself and consciously move it through one's body by forcing blood to circulate.

References[edit | edit source]


^  Awakening the Steel

Awakening the Steel Clanbook: Assamite Revised Pg. 74-76
Awakening of the Steel Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition Pg. 441-442

^  The Hunter's Winds

The Hunter's Winds Blood Magic: Secrets of Thaumaturgy Pg. 123
The Hunter's Winds Kindred of the Ebony Kingdom Pg. 103-104
The Hunter's Winds Rites of the Blood Pg. 159-160

^  Covenant of Nergal

Covenant of Nergal Blood Sacrifice: The Thaumaturgy Companion Pg. 43-44

^  The Evil Eye

The Evil Eye Blood Sacrifice: The Thaumaturgy Companion Pg. 44-45
The Evil Eye Kindred of the Ebony Kingdom Pg. 102-103
Path of the Evil Eye Rites of the Blood Pg. 161-162

^  Music of the Spheres

Music of the Spheres Blood Sacrifice: The Thaumaturgy Companion Pg. 46

^  Echoes of Allah's Wrath

Echoes of Allah's Wrath Road of Heaven Pg. 70-72

^  Whispers of the Heavens

Whispers of the Heavens Libellus Sanguinis III: Wolves at the Door Pg. 68-70
Whispers of the Heavens Players Guide to the Low Clans Pg. 176-179

^  Blessings of the Great Dark Mother

The Blessings of the Great Dark Mother The Black Hand: A Guide to the Tal'Mahe'Ra Pg. 86-87

^  The Keepers Way

The Keepers Way Tome of Secrets Pg. 42


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