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Via Tyrannus, commonly called the Path of the Tyrant, is a Path of Via Regalis ("Road of Kings") found in Dark Ages: Vampire.

Adherents are called Tyrants.


Those who choose to follow Via Tyrannus seek to gain power through strength and order to placate their Beast. While the importance of fealty and a content population have their place in Via Tyrannus, Tyrants are perfectly capable of killing and using fear to control those under their sway. In the end, a Tyrant will use almost any means at their disposal to make sure no one under them questions who is in command.

Tyrants tend to be extremely hierarchical; those under them are never to be treated as an equal, and those over them are to be treated with the utmost respect. Oaths and honor are to be respected, but any opportunity to take power is also important to travellers of the Path of the Tyrant. Many Cainites think that Tyrants are nothing but blood-thirsty and power-hungry, but there is some value to having one as an ally, as long as they remain strong and wily enough to keep the Tyrant from gaining influence over them.

Hierarchy of Sins

Via Tyrannus ("Path of the Tyrant")
Rating Moral Guideline
10 Neglecting an opportunity to gain power.
9 Treating a peer with disrespect.
8 Treating an inferior as an equal.
7 Giving up power to a peer.
6 Behaving shamefully before your peers.
5 Showing weakness in front of your inferiors.
4 Failing to answer a challenge to your authority.
3 Treating a superior with disrespect.
2 Breaking your word to your superiors.
1 Breaking a sworn oath.


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 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