Via Paradoxi, commonly called the Road of Paradox and known as Tariq el-Tanaqud 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 mainly followed by the Ravnos, and its followers are called Deceivers.
The Deceivers believe in a higher purpose for everyone, including themselves, other Cainites, and mortals. Their task in life is to guide everyone to their higher destiny. If needed, this includes death, especially for Kindred they view as wayward and having fallen from their true destiny. Mortals are safer from these fatal punishments, as they are more directly involved with the life cycle of the universe. Only outright refusing what a Deceiver views as their destiny will result in death.
Like the Sentinels of Via Sanguinus, the followers of Via Paradoxi are not particularly well-received by other Cainites. However, the Deceivers are loners to the end. Unlike Via Sanguinis, there is little, if any, organization to the Road.
Hierarchy of SinsEdit
|Via Paradoxi ("Road of Paradox")|
|10||Allowing restrictive social conventions to go unchallenged.|
|9||Failing to execute a Cainite who stubbornly refuses to acknowledge his destiny.|
|8||Embracing outside the family line.|
|7||Allowing your subjects to understand what you're doing to them.|
|6||Failing to execute a Cainite who repeatedly stops humans from working towards their personal destiny.|
|5||Allowing those who are not on the Road to see your true self.|
|4||Destroying a fellow adherent of the Road of Paradox.|
|3||Killing a human who has not fulfilled his purpose for any reason other than survival.|
|2||Embracing needlessly, out of personal desire, or without due consideration.|
|1||Acknowledging any other as your superior.|