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Via Crudelitas, commonly called the Path of Cruelty, is a Path of Via Peccati found in Dark Ages: Vampire. Sinners who follow Via Crudelitas view the Beast as born from anger and hatred, and therefore seek to control it by allowing it to rage. At the same time, many who follow the Path of Cruelty derive a perverse type of pleasure from the suffering they and their Beasts cause. Most Cainites view Via Crudelitas as the most debased of the Paths of the Road of Sin since those who travel it want to cause pain for no other purpose than their own pleasure. Followers are sometimes called Heartless.

Those who follow the Path of Cruelty put themselves front and center. Their interests must be served first, no matter the price. Mercy and forgiveness are not a part of their nature, as those are weaknesses that do not serve the Beast or their own purposes. While the Heartless can be as hedonistic as those on Via Voluptarius, they indulge in inflicting torture, suffering, and slow, painful deaths on those they use rather than the high life. The travelers of Via Crudelitas usually have little or no contact with Cainite society, but those who do are used by other Cainites to inflict punishment or judgment on those who do "wrong".

Hierarchy of Sins

Via Crudelitas ("Path of Cruelty")
Rating Moral Guideline
10 Acknowledging any moral restraint.
9 Failing to indulge in pleasure.
8 Failing to indulge in pain.
7 Refusing to bring harm to the virtuous.
6 Avoiding injury to others for any reason.
5 Turning down a chance for material gain.
4 Failing to study pain in all its guises.
3 Killing too quickly or without necessity.
2 Refusing to feed when necessary.
1 Displaying mercy for any reason.


Dark Ages: Vampire Roads and Paths
Road of the Beast Path of the Grey Hunter · Path of the Hunter · Path of the Nomad · Path of the Savage · Road of the Slain · Road of the Yasa
Road of Heaven Path of the Archangel · Path of Christ · Path of Divinity · Path of Life · Path of Penitence · Path of the Prophet · Path of the Pure · Path of Retribution · Path of Tears · Road of Aesirgard
Road of Humanity Path of Breath · Path of Community · Path of Illumination · Path of Vigor
Road of Kings Path of Chivalry · Path of Daena · Path of Devaraja · Path of the Merchant · Path of the Tyrant · Path of the Vizier
Road of Lilith Path of Making · Path of Thorns · Path of Veils
Road of Sin Path of Cruelty · Path of Pleasure · Path of Screams · Path of the Devil · Path of the Eightfold Wheel · Path of Watchful Gods
Other Roads Code of Samiel · Road of Blood · Road of Bones · Road of Metamorphosis · Road of Night · Road of Paradox · Road of Service · Road of Set (Path of Apep) · Road of the Abyss · Road of the Hive · Road of the Serpent