The Path of the Feral Heart is a Path of Enlightenment practiced among the Sabbat, especially by members of Clan Gangrel. It controls the Beast by accepting its urges as natural and accepting their role as a hunter among hunters. It is a variant of the Path of the Beast, and splintered from the Path of Harmony.
Adherents are called Beasts or Ferals.
Originating from the Via Bestiae ("Road of the Beast") of the Dark Ages, the Path of the Beast emphasizes the predatory nature of the vampire. Unorganized and shunning the trappings of civilization, followers of the Path often eschew technology in favor of the talents inherent to their undead form.
A follower of this Path feels that the Beast is a natural part of being a vampire and that its needs must be satiated. Still, the vampire is intelligent, and a cunning hunter is a more effective one. Therefore, it is important to strike a balance between Beast and Man – the feral cunning and vicious instincts of the vampire are excellent survival tools, tempered by the reasoning and insight of the mind. By satiating the Beast's urges from time to time, the vampire ironically gains a greater degree of personal control.
The Path of the Feral Heart integrates the nature of the Path of the Beast into the tenets of the Sabbat, emphasizing the Cainite's loyalty to their pack, and teaching him or her to avoid the trappings of the mortal world to better serve the crusade against the Antediluvians and their pawns.
- Survival is your first concern.
- Politics or technology simply get in the way of the hunt.
- Learn to strike a balance with your Beast. Engage in the brutal actions necessary to survive, but retain your intelligence and cunning.
- The "natural world" is an illusion. All things must live according to their forms, and even civilization is natural because it is the form of humanity.
- Although fire can kill you, you must master your fear so that you can kill those who would use it against you.
- Whether running alone or with a pack, your loyalties must be absolute. You have no time for shifting allegiances.
Hierarchy of Sins
|Path of the Feral Heart|
|10||Hunting with means other than your own vampiric powers.||The perfect hunter needs no tools.|
|9||Engaging in politics.||Political struggles don't yield sustenance.|
|8||Remaining in the presence of fire or sunlight, except to kill an enemy.||There's no sense in courting Final Death.|
|7||Acting in a overly cruel manner.||Death is natural, feeding is natural, torture and cruelty aren't.|
|6||Failing to sate your hunger.||The vampire's purpose is to feed.|
|5||Failing to support your allies.||Support your family, and it'll support you.|
|4||Killing without need.||A dead vessel may not be fed from in the future.|
|3||Failing to follow ones instincts.||Instinct is the basis of predatory nature.|
|2||Killing a creature for other reasons than for survival.||A kill's purpose is sustenance.|
|1||Refusing to kill to survive.||Vampires are hunters; everyone else is the hunted.|
|Vampire: The Masquerade Paths|
|Sabbat Paths||Path of Caine · Path of Cathari · Path of Death and the Soul · Path of Honorable Accord · Path of Metamorphosis · Path of Night · Path of Orion · Path of Power and the Inner Voice · Path of Redemption (Nocturnal variant) · Path of the Beast (Feral Heart variant/Harmony variant)|
|Setite Paths||Path of Ecstasy · Path of Sutekh · Path of the Warrior · Path of Typhon|
|Ravnos Paths||Path of Paradox (Mayaparisatya · Saṃsāra · Weig)|
|Tal'Mahe'Ra Paths||Path of the Scorched Heart · Path of Self-Focus|
|Other Paths||Sharia El-Sama · Path of Blood (without the Blood Curse/under the Blood Curse) · Path of Bones · Path of Entelechy · Path of Lilith · Path of Evil Revelations · Path of the Hive · Path of Asakku|