Via Ossium seal

Via Ossium, commonly called the Road of Bones, and known as Tariq el-A'Tham to Islamic Cainites, is one of the minor Roads that Kindred may choose to follow in Vampire: The Dark Ages and Dark Ages: Vampire. It is primarily followed by Cappadocians, and its followers are called Scholars, and occasionally Executioners.

The followers of Via Ossium value knowledge above anything else. By intense study of the unknown, the Scholars keep their Beasts at bay. They will go to nearly any lengths to learn something new, but will not needlessly sacrifice themselves for a cause. After all, their own gathered knowledge is too important to let others handle. At the same time, Scholars do not fear death; indeed, as most Scholars are Cappadocian, they are fascinated by it. They view it as a powerful force to be studied, dissected, and rationalized so that they may understand their own existence better.

Members of other scholarly clans, such as the Tzimisce and Malkavians, are also known to follow Via Ossium.

Hierarchy of Sins[edit | edit source]

Via Ossium ("Road of Bones")
Rating Moral Guideline
10 Needlessly preventing a death.
9 Refusing to feed when hungry.
8 Failing to study death when provided an opportunity to do so.
7 Refusing to pursue experiments.
6 Succumbing to Frenzy.
5 Allowing emotion to sway your decisions.
4 Refusing to share insight with others on the Road.
3 Showing fear or aversion to death.
2 Risking your existence unnecessarily.
1 Giving your loyalty to anyone else above your Road and clan.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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
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